Apple's Ping reaches one million users in 48 hours

Apple has today revealed their first social network endeavor, Ping, has already reached one million users in just over 48 hours.

Ping, one of the most acclaimed features of iTunes 10 which was announced on Wednesday at a special Apple event alongside new iPods and a revamped Apple TV, is Apple's first social network, and allows users to share what music they're buying on Apple's iTunes Store. Users can become friends with others just like on other existing networks such as Facebook, and can amongst other things view custom music charts based on what songs their circle of friends have been buying on the iTunes Store and "like" and comment on other users purchases.

With more than 160 million users already running the iTunes software, it wasn't going to be long before Apple broke the 1 million user mark - and today the Cupertino-based giant confirmed they've passed the milestone already, revealing one-third of all users who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping already.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,“ said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services in a statement today. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.“

While Apple seem content with the current rate of sign-ups to Ping, some commentators have expressed their surprise at the fact that the milestone wasn't reached earlier -- within the first 24 hours -- given the huge number of active iTunes users.

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Tjcrazy said,

I said 'probably' so it was an assumption...
They need to get a decent way of finding friends, not just email invites.

Type your friend's name in to the search box? If your friend has iTunes and has signed up for Ping, you'll find them.

The Facebook integration wasn't much better. In order for it to find your friends using Ping, they also had to sign up for Ping and connect it to their Facebook account.

and so rotten apple religion expands ....

anyway I feel sorry for them. They feel like they are discovering internet and it's nothing new. Prefer Last.fm

SHADOW-XIII said,
and so rotten apple religion expands ....

anyway I feel sorry for them. They feel like they are discovering internet and it's nothing new. Prefer Last.fm

What ?

SHADOW-XIII said,
and so rotten apple religion expands ....

anyway I feel sorry for them. They feel like they are discovering internet and it's nothing new. Prefer Last.fm


Yes you should feel very sorry for a company that's highly succesful and makes billions. Boohoo poor Apple.

Then keep using last.fm. I still don't know whats wrong with other people hating other's choices. Is it going to change anything in your life?

Still far away from the 300M+ users of Facebook...

Is ping a good rip-off the zune social (which is mostly useless in the world where the zune is not available ?)

I like Apple for inventing gunpowder, butter-slicing thread, Internet... Serously WTF ?

same as video calling and touch screen - they invented it as its on their products but they were out on phone long before the iphone etc.

Signing up to see what it's like, realising it's all about Lady Gaga, and then dumping it for all eternity does not classify someone as a 'user'.

I'd probably give it a chance if it had a web version, there's no way in hell I'm installing iTunes on my machine!
Shame there's no integration with other services

hotdog963al said,
I'd probably give it a chance if it had a web version, there's no way in hell I'm installing iTunes on my machine!
Shame there's no integration with other services

I have iTunes and is not that bad. Yeah, I have it only because of my iPod, because I really like more and use more Zune + WMP, which both I have them considered as a delicatessen. >.<

hotdog963al said,
I'd probably give it a chance if it had a web version, there's no way in hell I'm installing iTunes on my machine!
Shame there's no integration with other services

whats wrong with itunes i have a Core i 5 with 16gigs of DDR3 ram i have no issues at all none its so fast i can launch itunes and if i blink i miss how fast it opens.

whats your problem with it ?
please state facts you can prove

Shortyg34 said,

whats wrong with itunes i have a Core i 5 with 16gigs of DDR3 ram i have no issues at all none its so fast i can launch itunes and if i blink i miss how fast it opens.

whats your problem with it ?
please state facts you can prove


You forgot your sarcasm tags.

I'm using it. I've already found a few good songs and albums from the people I follow.

Also, more artists are starting to sign up. It's really beginning to flesh out.

A large part of why it took so long was probably the delay in making iTunes 10 for Windows Vista/7 64-bit available.

It would be cool if you could link Facebook and Ping.

Elliott said,
So you're saying they're lying?

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics."

But, i am not saying that they are lying but it can be a (mis) interpretation of the information, read as as a projection, a approximation, a gross counter or simply a number magically obtained.

How long Before its claimed apple created social networking and that facebook and twitter are just copies?

<sarcastic mode>
I guess the headline should be "Apple's Ping reaches one million lemmings in 48 hours".
<sarcastic mode />

This is not really any kind of innovation since there a re lots of social networks offering much more to people who are really fond of music instead of marketplace, because the two are not necessairly together.
I believe that Zune Social (in US and Canada and soon worldwide for WP7's launch) offer much better solution for these kind of people. And Zune Social is available online whatever the marketplace you choose. You can buy music from wherever you like (Amazon, Rhapsody, MSN music, iTunes, your own cd rip - which is legal in most countries) and share it there. That makes possible to discover new music you never heard of and that makes sense.
This Ping stuff is quite pointless since forces you to use a software that is the marketplace. Think about it.
I'm in Italy and I don't use a Zune, but I use Zune Social and is not necessary tied to the Zune software. More free and made for people who really like music as I said here before.

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