Apple has taken on computers, gaming, and tablets – and now they’ll try to conquer social networking as well. Apple recently revealed iTunes 10 which packs a bonus for fans of music and social networking: Ping – Apple’s social network for music fans.
On Wednesday September 1, 2010, Steve Jobs announced “Ping” a social network for the iTunes users that Steve Jobs described as “Facebook meets Twitter for music.” Ping will allow iTunes users to connect with friends, and much like with Twitter, friends will be able to “Follow” each other and view what friends are listening to and check out their music playlists.
In addition to being able to Follow friends using Apple iTunes 10’s Ping music social network, Ping users will also be able to view custom song and album charts, news feeds, Follow their favorite music artists, and lots of other cool features that’ll appeal to music fans. Apple’s Ping is available on desktop and laptop computers, iPod Touch users, and iPhone users as well.
Ping is destined to be a smash hit due to the popularity of iTunes which currently serves over 160 million users, has sold over 11.7 billion songs, 450 million TV episodes, has over 100 million movies, and boasts over boasts over 35 million book sales. Leveraging Apple’s expansive iTunes network Ping has managed to top 1 million viewers in its first 48 hours and is set to do even greater numbers.
Even though Apple’s Ping has a ton of cool features and is already appealing to lots of users, it still suffers from a few setbacks. Ping has been known to be a bit buggy, freeze every now and then – but so does iTunes – and doesn’t allow importing friends. It only makes sense that Ping would face a few shortcomings seeing that it has just recently been released and, in time, I’m sure Apple will work out all of Ping’s kinks.
Overall, Ping is a great new service that will help to serve lots of iTunes fans in ways like never before – allowing friends to finally connect and share their favorite music preferences with friends. Ping will help to add to iTunes’ popularity and while it’ll never rival Facebook or Twitter; Ping is sure to carve out a niche all its own.
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