• Ping Now Works With Your Actual iTunes Library. This Is A Thousand Times Better

    Ping Now Works With Your Actual iTunes Library. This Is A Thousand Times Better

    It launched with much fanfare, but I don’t think it was unreasonable to call Ping a dud out of the gate. While pretty much everyone initially signed up to try it out, a few days later, the activity stream seemed to trickle to almost nothing. And there was a good reason for that: Apple’s social network for music made it very hard to share stuff — you know, be social. But an… Read More

  • Just like Apple's Ping, Muzu.TV repositions itself as a social network for music

    It could be said that ‘social’ is no longer a product, it’s a feature. Just witness Apple flicking the social networking switch on its hugely popular iTunes. And today the music video streaming startup Muzu.TV is doing the same. “These days music sites need to do more than just provide users with content”, says Mark French, co-founder of Muzu. “Our visitors… Read More

  • Blippy Founder: 40% Of Shared Purchases Are iTunes, But Ping's No Threat (TCTV)

    Over the weekend Philip Kaplan, co-founder of social purchasing site Blippy tweeted out a link to Steve Jobs demoing iTunes Ping, with the added sly comment “Looks like Blippy.” Curious about what Jobs’ movement into the social sharing space means for Blippy, we brought Kaplan into the TCTV studio and grilled him on what exactly Jobs did or did not copy, how often iTunes… Read More

  • Ping Gets Its Own 'The Social Network' Parody

    From the very same Internet that brought you The Twitter Movie, The YouTube Movie, The Auction Site Movie and The Other Social Network Movie comes today’s Ping parody: Another Social Network Movie. Something tells me that people are just going to keep making these parodies of David Fincher’s The Social Network until they run out of websites. Can’t wait to see what people come… Read More

  • Ping Is Apple's iTunes For Everything

    What do you get when you connect your customers to each other? If the customers like your product (and I’d say 10 billions songs sold shows definite positive bias) you get more sales. This echo chamber is what everyone – from Facebook on down – is trying to create and while I don’t believe Apple will pull it off, I think Ping is the first step in the right direction… Read More

  • Ping: ping ping ping-ping ping?

    Ping – ping ping ping ping – ping ping, ping? Ping! Ping, ping ping ping ping; ping-ping ping! Ping. Ping ping ping, *ping* ping ping #ping ping. Ping, ping: “Ping ping ping ping ping — ping ping ping (ping ping ping)”. Ping ping ping ping. Ping. And yet and yet… Ping? Ping. Read More

  • The Problem With Ping

    The Problem With Ping

    With the launch of Ping this week in the latest update for iTunes, Apple is finally adding social elements to its software. Ping is very promising if only because of Apple’s reach through iTunes to 160 million music consumers. And it will no doubt get better over time. But at launch, it is riddled with problems which stem from the fact that Apple does not know how to create social… Read More

  • Preview: Apple's Ping Music Social Network In Action On iOS [Pictures]

    One of the big announcements at Apple’s event today was Ping, the music social network that Apple has baked into iTunes. But it’s not just on iTunes for the computer, it’s also a part of iTunes on the iPhone and iPod touch. This will be a part of the new iOS 4.1 release which is going out to developers right now, and should be out for consumers next week. In the demo area… Read More

  • Apple's Ping Music Social Network Starts With 160 Million Users

    During their event today in San Francisco, Apple announced iTunes 10, the latest version of their music software. But they also introduced a big new feature in the app — Ping: a social network for music. It’s like “Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes,” Jobs says. “But it’s not Facebook, it’s not Twitter,” Jobs is quick to note —… Read More