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Topic: Ping

Apple's failed Ping showed how hard it is to create a music service

09/01/2018, 12:09 am

Back in 2010, Apple was riding high on the iPod and iTunes Music Store but it was missing out on social media. Enter Ping, a music-based network that faltered from the start and was dropped two years later. AppleInsider looks at what went wrong -- and also what few aspects went right.


Ping 2.0? Apple Music revamp rumored to downplay Connect social network feature

05/06/2016, 12:05 pm

Apple's struggles with social networking continue, as its mostly-ignored artist Connect feature is said to be set for a "demotion" in the upcoming revamp of Apple Music in iOS 10.


Justin Bieber wanted $200k to represent BlackBerry, advertises iPhone for free

12/05/2013, 04:12 pm

A retrospective on the "Rise and Fall of Blackberry," which portrayed the company's product alongside other historical artifacts (including the magazine itself), outlines a number of mistakes the company made including the dismissal of a "brand ambassador" offer made by teen idol Justin Bieber.


Ping perishes right on schedule

10/01/2012, 03:10 pm

As promised, with the month of September concluded, Apple has closed Ping, its social networking service for iTunes that never caught much traction.


Apple to kill Ping social music sharing service on Sept. 30

09/12/2012, 07:09 pm

Apple on Wednesday quietly announced it is no longer accepting new members to its Ping service and will kill the project altogether on Sept. 30.


Tighter iTunes Twitter integration rumored to take place of Ping

08/01/2012, 06:08 pm

Coming on the heels of multiple claims of past Apple talks with Twitter, including old whispers of an investment in the company, a new report reveals the iPhone maker may be looking at using the micro-blogging service to fill the gap left by Ping when the service shuts down this year.


Apple filing suggests searching social networks for automatic metadata

06/21/2012, 04:06 am

A newly-published patent application reveals Apple's interest in helping users more easily generate metadata for their files through a process that would automatically cull social network streams and the Internet for relevant metadata.


Apple to kill Ping with next major iTunes release

06/12/2012, 07:06 pm

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.


Apple CEO Tim Cook promises more social integration

05/30/2012, 01:05 am

Even as he admitted that Apple may kill off its Ping social music discovery service, chief executive Tim Cook promised to add more social integration into its other products.


Apple investigating Ping-like social networking for retail shops

12/30/2010, 09:12 am

Apple has shown interest in creating a social networking tool for brick-and-mortar shopping, allowing iPhone owners to share comments, opinions and recommendations about any type of product.


Apple pushes Ping with exclusive Michael Jackson song

12/02/2010, 10:12 am

In a new promotional effort to generate interest for its iTunes Ping music social networking service, Apple has landed an exclusive track from the late pop star Michael Jackson.


Ping, Apple's music social network, comes to iPad

11/14/2010, 02:11 pm

Apple has quietly launched Ping, its social network designed to drive sales of digital music, for the iPad, now available within the iTunes app.


Twitter announces integration with Apple's Ping

11/11/2010, 01:11 pm

Twitter on Thursday announced a social networking partnership with Apple's Ping music service, making it easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends.


Apple updates iPhoto to fix data loss bug, modifies iTunes sidebar

10/29/2010, 11:10 pm

Apple released Friday an update to iPhoto to resolve a data loss problem that can occur when upgrading one's library to iPhoto '11. The company also quietly modified the sidebar in its iTunes software to bring back Genius Recommendations.


Apple's Steve Jobs slams Google, RIM, rival tablet makers

10/18/2010, 05:10 pm

In a surprise appearance during the company's quarterly earnings call, Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs hailed the success of the iPhone and Pod while painting a bleak outlook for RIM's Blackberry smartphones, Google's fragmented Android smartphone platform, and the coming trickle of 7inch tablets.


Steve Jobs invites Facebook's Zuckerberg to talk Ping over dinner

10/16/2010, 01:10 am

After having balked at social networking site Facebook's "onerous" terms for Apple's Ping social music service, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs may now be ready to work with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, with a new report claiming that the two recently met for dinner to discuss Ping.


Facebook executive expects to reach Ping deal with Apple

09/30/2010, 08:09 pm

The chief technology officer of social networking site Facebook said he expects that his company will reach a deal with Apple to integrate with its own music-centric social networking service, Ping.


Ping talks between Apple, Facebook failed after 18 months - report

09/21/2010, 03:09 pm

Apple and Facebook were reportedly in negotiations for a year and a half before a deal for connectivity with Ping, Apple's fledgling music-centered social network, fell apart at the last minute.


Review roundup: iPod lineup impresses, Ping disappoints

09/07/2010, 11:09 pm

The first reviews of Apple's new iPods and Ping music social network have appeared, with favorable impressions of the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle, but generally negative responses to Ping.


Apple cleans up spam, tweaks interface in iTunes Ping

09/06/2010, 03:09 pm

Though spammers quickly flocked to Apple's fledgling social network last week, most of the bogus surveys and other unwanted comments were removed by Monday.