Apple Ping music social network - a threat for Last.FM, Myspace or any other? Your…

  • Apple Ping music social network - a threat for Last.FM, Myspace or any other? Your views?

    Apple has announced (09/01) a new music social network inbuilt into the new iTunes 10. It is something with functionality of Facebook and Twitter all together but after initial tests it turned out rather slow. Journalists of many social-orientated blogs call it 'a threat for Myspace, Last.FM' and relates social music networks.

    Personally I don't think so. First of all, Apple forces users to download that iTunes application to use it with a social network Ping while none of others do it, you can use Myspace, Last.FM, Facebook, Trig, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, Mog, PureVolume etc. online via your favourite web browser.
    Then the social network privacy issues come next, if that data is save on your computer when iTunes will be installed on it with network function.
    Moreover you can scrobble to Last.FM with any suitable player, and use the service online without installing any application forced by the network provider.
    Myspace is not a music social network only so numbers up and down count every day.

    I'm a PC user, never installed iTunes on this platform and not going to if Apple wants to force me to stay in touch with my fav artists who are f.e. Mac geeks to see their news updates etc.

    Plus it seems the Ping name has been stolen from and some ideas from

    What's your views on Ping network?

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    New Ping users seem to be confused on how it works

    Fabryka Music Magazine (CEO)
    • Station-X schrieb...
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    • 4. Sep. 2010, 22:56

    I'd have to agree.

    iTunes is a mess on any platform outside the Mac.

    I've also heard that you have to enter credit card details as part of making a profile on Ping, and whilst no charges are made it makes me wonder if Apple plan to try and get even more money out of it's users via Ping in the near future.

    Personally, I'm one of those Linux geeks, so I can't run iTunes anyway!

    LastFM is a great place for finding music. As a social site, it's lacking a lot, but sometimes that's not a bad thing. It's good at what it does.

    Zostać może tylko jeden!
    • wheaty73 schrieb...
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    • 6. Sep. 2010, 8:11

    No... Not a threat.

    You need an iTunes account to join Ping, which means entering your CC details *normally*, however you can set up an account using one of those iTunes gift cards you see in supermarkets. No credit card details necessary, and then you too can see how... bland it is. The store itself is great, the application has its faults but is better than most music players, but Ping frankly sucks. Who gives a toss about what music Lady Gaga is listening to?

    Its just another thing to ignore. Personally I find Amazon is better at recommending music than iTunes anyway.

    Saying all that, LFM has an opportunity here to a) market itself as an alternative to Ping and b) Step up its game and integrate with more "stuff".

    /MacOSX User. /Windows user. /Linux user.

  • Last.FM needs to get faster servers ;) I don;t mind it being less social becuas eit's about music only, not dating fortunately. Imagine everybody posting self-ads like on FB hehe.
    I used Linux too (Mint and Ubuntu), so.. we don't need Ping that badly hehe.

    Fabryka Music Magazine (CEO)
  • Mac user, iTunes user and definitely NOT a Ping user

    Little late to the game here, but I sure hope Ping doesn't kill this place. I refuse to use Ping....I hate iTunes 10 (Apple, wtf were you thinking?). I've owned multiple Macs since 2004 and also use Mac at work and I generally like how they do things. But Ping? No thank you!

    We'll see, I guess. Apple does interface design really well usually so I'm worried that Ping is going to get a lot better and bring the bands with it. Wheaty73, I sure hope you're right. certainly wins in the cross-platform world and that may be enough so the two can co-exist without much issue.

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