Ping was scheduled for unceremonious termination at the end of September, and now it’s definitely gone dark. Clicking on the Ping link in the iTunes sidebar now returns an error, if it even still appears there. Our own Josh Constine foretold its demise back in September, and now it’s gone, both on mobile and the desktop.
Here’s the thing about Ping: it probably won’t be missed. The social networking effort from Apple got off to a rough start, amid problems with Facebook integration, and it didn’t get much better from there. There was hope it would be revived thanks to some social help from Twitter, but that didn’t come to pass. People just didn’t seem interested in participating in a social network that lived only inside of iTunes itself, and that essentially operated as a thinly veiled promotional machine for iTunes music content.
It’s not surprising that it’s gone, only that it took this long, really.
- Founded April 1976
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- Overview Apple is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software and personal computers. It was founded by Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne and Steve Wozniak. Some of Apple’s best-known hardware products are the Mac line of computers, the iPod music player, the iPhone smartphone, and the iPad tablet computer. …
- Founders Armas Clifford Markkula, Jr, Kristee Rosendahl, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak
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- Description Ping is a social network for music which was previously built in to Apple’s iTunes software. Ping allowed users to follow artists and read postings by friends and artists. Ping was launched in September 2010, but it failed to gain traction amid problems with Facebook integration and an unsuccessful attempt at collaboration with Twitter. Apple officially shut down Ping on September 30, 2012.
- Company Apple
- Website http://www.apple.com/itunes
- Full profile for Ping
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