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Apple to kill Ping with next major iTunes release

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Apple will reportedly kill off the Ping iTunes service when iOS 6 is launched this fall, euthanizing the social music network that has suffered waning participation since its introduction in 2010.

According to sources close to the matter Apple will finally abandon Ping when the next iteration of iTunes rolls out alongside iOS 6, confirming rumors that the service is not long for this world, reports All Things D.

In his spotlight session at the D10 conference in May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company might kill off Ping but vowed to add more social integration into its products, a promise fulfilled when system-wide Facebook integration for iOS 6 was announced at WWDC on Monday. Facebook inclusion adds to the already-installed Twitter functionality of iOS 5 which allows users a variety of options like tweeting photos and webpages.

While Ping is still active in the recently-released iTunes 10.6.3, which brought iOS 6 beta compatibility to the media management software, sources say that the social network will be redacted in the program's next major release currently scheduled for this fall. Apple will instead move to rely on social network companies like Twitter and Facebook which already have huge installed customer bases.

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Ping first debuted in 2010 when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled iTunes 10. "It's sort of like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes," Jobs said of Ping, and went on to say that the network was all about music. At the time critics had mixed feelings about the feature's future prospects.

Initial adoption was promising as over one million users signed up within the first 48 hours, but momentum slowed and it seemed Ping was destined to become yet another Apple side project.

It was later revealed that Apple had contacted Facebook for possible integration with the worldwide social network, but "onerous terms" kept that from becoming a reality. Hopes were rekindled when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was invited to by Jobs to discuss Ping over dinner, though the talk apparently bore no fruit.

The music discovery network has since been downgraded with no substantial updates in the pipeline, meaning that the end is likely near.

?We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ?This isn?t something that I want to put a lot of energy into,?? Cook said.
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Thank God!  I hate Ping.  

post #3 of 51

I am willing to bet that less than 8 people use Ping.

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Amen, what a useless program. I hope there will also be a kill switch for Facebook when it arrives on iOS6. Who wants this shi± forced on them.

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PING.  I tried it and it really didn't make me feel better.  I think its a wasted space on any server.

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post #6 of 51
I didn't try Ping and it made me feel better.
post #7 of 51

Live and learn.  

 

Ping was mehware - seemed functional enough, but in the end... meh. 

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I am willing to bet that less than 8 people use Ping.

That many? /smile
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post #9 of 51
I tried to "Ping" but frankly it only functions if you and your friends--something I define as a person I have or could touch--buys and is interested in new music regularly. There are people "following me" but I haven't a clue why, irks me to contemplate. Nonetheless, it's freed resources that hopefully will address more pressing issues that iTunes users and music buyers have. Really, how many social networks do we need?
post #10 of 51

Just getting rid of that sh!t alone will make it worth upgrading iTunes.
 

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This only stings in that the purchase and shuttering of Lala was now for nothing. Rdio and Spotify are improving on the social aspects, but that is something that Lala really got right. Also, maybe I can finally shut up about Lala now. lol :P
 

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I'd like to know when they're going to overhaul iTunes? IT just keeps getting slower and bloated. Apple need to do something about it!

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I am willing to bet that less than 8 people use Ping.

Well I have 7 active friends (real live people that I converse with regularly) on Ping.

 

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I'd like to know when they're going to overhaul iTunes? IT just keeps getting slower and bloated. Apple need to do something about it!

Please, iTunes is lean compared to many other apps.  It's got a small footprint and doesn't hog resources.  I think when most people bring this up they mean they want different apps for music, movies, books, PDF's music videos, TV Shows and apps.  That just seems counter intuitive to me.  I'd much prefer one app to rule them all.

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What a POS offering from Apple. Ranks right up here with Dotmac, MobileMe, iDisk, etc.

Apple should be embarrassed.
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Am I the last person on earth who actually realizes the trivial details of my daily activities are just that?  Incessant socializing is a terminal disease so far as character is concerned.

 

Egads…  Not even I care about what music I listened to yesterday.  

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They should've integrated Last.fm, instead.
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…iDisk… 

 

Then why's everyone whining about iDisk being taken away? I could have sworn everyone loved it.

 

Never mind people liking .Mac… 

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post #18 of 51

Die, die, die.... kill, kill, kill.... 

 

(just don't ask me to calculate Pi to the last digit...)

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I am willing to bet that less than 8 people use Ping.

I'm one of them.

 

Thing is that Ping has an advantage over every other social media platform in that you could easily keep track of the bands you want to follow. You simply cannot do that with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the like. You'd have to find the band's webpage, see if they have a Facebook, Twitter, MySpace page or try to find the legit site on your own... good freaking luck on that.

 

With Ping you go to the band's iTunes page and if they have a Ping connection you can follow them. It is so freaking easy.

 

I guess now that there is more interaction on the way with Twitter and Facebook this might change with an integration in iTunes so you don't have to move out of the application but we don't know.

 

Personally I'd actually hate to see it go if there is going to be nothing to replace the ease of finding.

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Then why's everyone whining about iDisk being taken away?

Because this is AI, and all we do is whine, remember? (Posting from my iPad, so I can't display any emoticons).
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Because this is AI, and all we do is whine, remember? (Posting from my iPad, so I can't display any emoticons).


Don't worry; they're all broken, anyway. lol.gif

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Thank God!  I hate Ping.  

How can you hate something that does nothing?

 

I tried to favorite/like something on Ping last week and it wouldn't let me 'cos it wasn't available in the iTunes store. Ping does nothing.

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What a POS offering from Apple. Ranks right up here with Dotmac, MobileMe, iDisk, etc.
Apple should be embarrassed.

I'm sure you're perfect.

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Then why's everyone whining about iDisk being taken away? I could have sworn everyone loved it.

 

Never mind people liking .Mac… 

 

The issue I had with idisk was it was so god damn slow it was basically unusable. That being said, I think its sad iCloud doesn't offer sound kind of cloud disk feature, something like Dropbox. 

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post #25 of 51

Good riddance.  Ping was just garbage filling up my screen.  I never Pinged a damn thing nor care if anyone else ever did.

post #26 of 51

What's 'Ping'???

 

(>_<)

post #27 of 51
If they launched a subscription music service Ping could actually be useful. One of my biggest complaints about Spotify is that it sucks for music discovery, and that's should be one of its strengths given its social media ties. 10 years ago Steve Jobs was right... people wanted to own their music, not rent it. The market has changed now though. The iPod has become the iPhone and everyone has 3G and iCloud, so a subscription service is far more practical than it used to be.
post #28 of 51

Well I think Apple realized that Facebook and Twitter integration kind of makes up for it. A lot of artists have both accounts and you can follow them there, no need for a third place. Apple is best at software and hardware, not at some consumer oriented networks and web-based systems. I just hope they fix and make iCloud web-version right.

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post #29 of 51
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They should've integrated Last.fm, instead.

 

If this was really about "music discovery" then that makes sense. I don't think this has anything to do with discovery at all, just more ways to track our data.

post #30 of 51

I actually check Ping every day.  Rate songs, make playlists, see what friends have bought (or liked) and follow bands.  Sure it's very basic, but I've definitely discovered some new music from Ping and have generally enjoyed the experience.  I'll be bummed to see it go as there is nothing out there to replace it for sharing and discovering new music.

 

I was always hoping it would expand to incorporate all the other media in the the iTunes Store.

post #31 of 51

Poor Ping. Everybody knew he was holding up the production line, with that bum hand of his, but sometimes Tim just goes too far.

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That's an interesting point about Facebook integration. I'll think twice before I'll let my daughter play with the iphone or ipad. Who knows what she'll share on Facebook. By the way, I don't even use Twitter integration.

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What's 'Ping'???

(>_<)

Beat me to it!!
post #34 of 51
Ping Pong

Nothing more need be said.
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Please, iTunes is lean compared to many other apps.  It's got a small footprint and doesn't hog resources. 

 

ROFL - you clearly have no fucking clue what you're talking about. iTunes is universally hated. It's a means to an end, not something anyone enjoys using. 

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iTunes is universally hated. It's a means to an end, not something anyone enjoys using. 

 

I find it humorous that you think you can speak for me. Or anyone, really.

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Thing is that Ping has an advantage over every other social media platform in that you could easily keep track of the bands you want to follow. You simply cannot do that with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the like. You'd have to find the band's webpage, see if they have a Facebook, Twitter, MySpace page or try to find the legit site on your own... good freaking luck on that.

I could see that perhaps being a little difficult for obscure bands but even then, it seems like it's little more than a search away. I think the best thing Apple could do is bring the features of Ping to Twitter e.g TwiTunes - icon is the bird with the iTunes musical note. Bands would simply tweet that they have a new album or single with an embedded iTunes preview. Then followers can click on it to buy the song. Instead of the Ping links in iTunes, Apple could allow bands to put links to their social networks so that it is easy to follow them.

Music alone is not enough to sustain a social network when other social networks don't specify a subject matter.
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I'd like to know when they're going to overhaul iTunes? IT just keeps getting slower and bloated. Apple need to do something about it!


Bloated, yes. "Keeps getting slower"? Don't think so. It depends on what you're doing.

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Music alone is not enough to sustain a social network when other social networks don't specify a subject matter.

 

Disagree. It just wasn't properly executed.

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Because this is AI, and all we do is whine, remember? (Posting from my iPad, so I can't display any emoticons).


No truer words have been spoken (written) here (or anywhere). lol.gif

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