Apple to shut down Ping on iTunes September 30th

Ping will soon be written up as one of Apple's few major mistakes. The social music service, which launched two years ago with the launch of iTunes 10, will be shut down by the company on September 30th.

Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted strongly back in June that Ping was not long for this world but on Wednesday, the iTunes page for Ping, according to News.com, confirmed that it would no longer be taking new members starting immediately and the service itself will shut down by the end of September.

Ping was supposed to be Apple's answer to Facebook or Twitter, at least for iTunes users. It let people list their albums and songs they were listening to on an online feed so that their friends could subscribe to their music list. The feature was available for the Windows, Mac and iOS version of iTunes.

However, Ping simply didn't generate a lot of interest from all those iTunes buyers, who were already sharing their music information via other social networking systems. For the launch of iTunes 11, Apple said that it will add ways for Facebook and Twitter users to share their recent iTunes music purchases along with their own music likes.

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I wonder if the horrible branding killed this one. apple normally has pretty good branding, or at least sticks with the i--- lineup. I bet if they called this one iSocial it would have been a success

I think ping is what showed Apple they cant just put crap out there and people will eat it up.. Apple is starting to become more conservative because of how hard this failed..

Nooooooooo! Ping is one of my favorite tools. How the hell am I going to tell if an IP address is alive if I can't ping it anymore?

Oh Ping the social network? What's that? #ThingsINeverUsedBefore

OMG!! Ping is Apple social networking combined with music. Why didn't it work. With over 400M people who could have used it, no one did. Why?

Because regurgitating others ideas dont always work, does it Apple. Ping = MYSpace with Apple's logo. FAIL!!!!

Now close it down.

Finally! Microsoft realised Facebook was the clear winner in this regard, and I don't believe there is any way Apple could have competed with Facebook (even if some companies may be able to at some point). I'd much prefer Apple to integrate Facebook more into their products, including iTunes. I would love if my music listens were automatically shared with my friends on Facebook, like my Spotify listens are.

This is something that Microsoft are apparently unfortunately missing out of Xbox Music, over a year since pretty much all of their competitors (Spotify, Rdio, MOG, Deezer, Myspace etc.) implemented it

Calum said,
I would love if my music listens were automatically shared with my friends on Facebook, like my Spotify listens are.

I'll just let you know, since your friends won't tell you. That is the most annoying **** on the planet and the ones suffering are your friends who don't know how to a) hide spotify messages or b) hide your updates

MrHumpty said,

I'll just let you know, since your friends won't tell you. That is the most annoying **** on the planet and the ones suffering are your friends who don't know how to a) hide spotify messages or b) hide your updates

No. You find it annoying, but not everyone does. I enjoy seeing what my friends are listening to and doing, as I like to know more about the people I'm interested in; not only that, but seeing those stories often introduces me to cool new music. Similarly, I enjoy informing people of my likes, interests, and opinions (I believe it's usually helpful if attractive girls know that I have things in common with them).

That proves that not everyone finds it annoying.

I actually think it's ridiculous that some people who don't know how to hide those stories are annoyed by them. The Ticker is meant for that kind of information, and there's no way everyone can see everything that appears in the Ticker; further, those stories appear few and far between the other, more important, stories in the News Feed. Surely it isn't hard to ignore a small bit of information you're not interested in?

I'm curious as to why you're annoyed by those stories, if you are?

??? Xbox music is basically zune. all those features were available in the zune desktop client since 2008. Share what you were listening to. chat and recommend music as well track what you played.

This screen shot was taken the last day all those features were removed from the current zune desktop client. http://twitpic.com/apqdil/full

Hopefully they make a return on xbox music. almost 300,000 play count gone.

Calum said,
Finally! Microsoft realised Facebook was the clear winner in this regard, and I don't believe there is any way Apple could have competed with Facebook (even if some companies may be able to at some point). I'd much prefer Apple to integrate Facebook more into their products, including iTunes. I would love if my music listens were automatically shared with my friends on Facebook, like my Spotify listens are.

This is something that Microsoft are apparently unfortunately missing out of Xbox Music, over a year since pretty much all of their competitors (Spotify, Rdio, MOG, Deezer, Myspace etc.) implemented it

Calum said,

No. You find it annoying, but not everyone does. I enjoy seeing what my friends are listening to and doing, as I like to know more about the people I'm interested in; not only that, but seeing those stories often introduces me to cool new music. Similarly, I enjoy informing people of my likes, interests, and opinions (I believe it's usually helpful if attractive girls know that I have things in common with them).

That proves that not everyone finds it annoying.

I actually think it's ridiculous that some people who don't know how to hide those stories are annoyed by them. The Ticker is meant for that kind of information, and there's no way everyone can see everything that appears in the Ticker; further, those stories appear few and far between the other, more important, stories in the News Feed. Surely it isn't hard to ignore a small bit of information you're not interested in?

I'm curious as to why you're annoyed by those stories, if you are?

Then use Windows Messenger and Windows Media Player... It has supported this specific feature since around 2006, long before Spotify.

thenetavenger said,

Then use Windows Messenger and Windows Media Player... It has supported this specific feature since around 2006, long before Spotify.


That's not the same at all. I'd like to share that information with my friends and followers, not share it with no one My friends and followers all use Facebook; hardly any of them seem to use Windows Live Messenger/Messaging nowadays. Further, I love Facebook, and I'd like to fill out my Timeline with information about my life as much as possible. Also, Windows Media Player is an awful program compared to Spotify and Xbox Music, it doesn't offer a music streaming service, and there isn't a "Metro" version of it (there will likely be a "Metro" version of Spotify at some point).

Thanks for the suggestion, but it just isn't the same.

I'd stop sharing my music listens with my friends and followers if they all told me they didn't like it, but none of them have, and because I appreciate seeing such information about my friends and subscriptions, I can't assume others would prefer not to see that information about me.

wetworker said,
??? Xbox music is basically zune. all those features were available in the zune desktop client since 2008. Share what you were listening to. chat and recommend music as well track what you played.

This screen shot was taken the last day all those features were removed from the current zune desktop client. http://twitpic.com/apqdil/full

Hopefully they make a return on xbox music. almost 300,000 play count gone.


I'm specifically talking about the Facebook Open Graph integration, which allows the app to automatically share what we're listening to, favouriting etc. to our friends' Tickers and News Feeds. Zune didn't ever do that. Zune shared what I was listening to to a profile that was separate to my Facebook profile; one which no one ever visited. The Facebook Open Graph integration is a specific type of integration, and it's one all of Xbox Music's main competitors have. Unfortunately, someone who works on the Xbox team (Shane Nokes) implied that it is not coming in Xbox Music (he said he hasn't seen it in the current Xbox Music).

meh

Never was a finished product.
They didn't really try if you ask me.
Way too forced into iTunes and way too music-centric.
Nobody wants myspace back lol!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
meh

Never was a finished product.
They didn't really try if you ask me.
Way too forced into iTunes and way too music-centric.
Nobody wants myspace back lol!

GS:mac

Apple thought that all they had to do was build it, and people would just flock to it. Like a flock of prey evading a predator. iSheep are stupid, but they do still have a brain.

Glassed Silver said,
meh
Never was a finished product.
They didn't really try if you ask me.

Well, no surprise really, as the message about it shutting down kind of detailed, only reason they did it was to in some way implement what the originally wanted to do in iTunes together with Facebook. Now the Facebook integration has been sorted out and Ping is useless, more so than ever before.