|Apple to launch their own version of Twitter and Facebook|
Ping, Apple's New Social Network, Unveiled: What You Need To Know
|Apple's latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10, will include not only a new logo and new layout, but also Apple's own social network for music, "Ping." |
"It's like Twitter and Facebook meet iTunes," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said during the press conference.
Mashable explains Ping's features:
Ping allows users to follow others, just like Twitter. You can follow artists or your friends to find out what they're listening or what they're creating. It has custom song and album charts, a news feed, 17,000+ concert listings, and is available to 160 million iTunes users.
Ping will be available not only for iTunes on the desktop, but for iPhone and iPod touch as well. iTunes 10, which is necessary to access Ping, is already available for download.
I'm sure it will be a grand success at the cash register but I'll pass. I'm still miffed about the sneaky software Apple installed on my computer when I first tried itunes (ituneshelper.exe and two others).
~ If you stop the program from running in the background it starts itself up again.
~ If you delete it the software re-installs
You get the idea. It does NOT need to be a startup program since Itunes starts it up yet apple insists on making it a startup program, which slows down your computer 24/7, even if you're not using Itunes. Got Itunes? Then you've also got ituneshelper.exe running right now.
|You get the idea. It does NOT need to be a startup program since Itunes starts it up yet apple insists on making it a startup program, which slows down your computer 24/7, even if you're not using Itunes. Got Itunes? Then you've also got ituneshelper.exe running right now. |
every time I see something like this, I smile and think of the ad that launched the mac personal computer all those years back.
Actually, I see this more as the final nail in MySpace's coffin than a competitor to Facebook or Twitter.
Music is the only thing FB & Twitter do badly and MySpace does well.
ituneshelper needs to be running in order to detect i-devices being plugged in and load itunes if it's not already running. Is there another way doing that without some kind of background process running? (short of getting the user to run itunes manually every time they connect a device).
OK, I gave Ping a try. Looks like there are 2 main functions:
1) Following artists like you would on Twitter or Facebook.
Except there are only a few artists on there right now - Lady Ga Ga, Coldplay, Jack Johnson. But your favorite probably isn't Pinging, and if they are, it's unlikely they're posting anything they're not putting on Facebook.
SEO value? You can leave a comment under the artist post, where it can share space with hundreds of slices of spam.
2) Telling the world what music you're buying and listening to, and getting that info from others.
Yeah, kind of like last.fm, but with more access. A little scary.