Apple to pull the plug on Ping this October

Ping is about to stop its servicePing will bid adieu when Apple releases their latest version of the iTunes this October.

According to Apple, they have decided to pull the plug on the music-themed social network that enables individuals to follow their favorite artists. They have since stopped accepting new registrants and will cease to exist after September 30.

This was announced by Apple after the iPhone 5 keynote address through its iTunes section.

Launched way back in 2010, Ping never got the same hype as other social networking sites. In fact, it has caused a dent between Apple and Facebook.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.”

Analysts hailed Apple’s move as this will enable them to focus solely on their products and let Twitter and Facebook run the social networking show.

iTunes latest iteration is reportedly going to have a Facebook “Like” button on each page to make it easier for users to share albums, apps, movies, music and more to their Facebook buddies.

Do you think that Apple’s decision to pull Ping out of their business is a sound strategy?

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Apple cuts Ping, embraces Facebook in iOS 6

Apple is cutting the electricity on their social networking experiment by pulling the plug on their iTunes Ping.

Reports have been circulating that Apple has decided to call it quits with their social networking dream, because users were not so keen with Ping. The latter encourages users to follow their favorite artists and keep tabs of what their peers are buying and listening in iTunes.

In a report by Techradar they cited that Apple was able to annoy the social networking leader Facebook when they launched last 2010. This thus, began a sour relationship between the two companies.

Apple has decided to finally accept Facebook wholeheartedly with the latter full integration in Apple’s latest iOS 6.

The report also cites that Ping currently exists within iTunes 10.6.3 but is a non-functioning feature when we speak about iOS 6 Beta. They also added that Ping will be gone when iTunes 11 and iOS 6 will be launched sometime this year.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, admitted that the Ping project was unsuccessful. He said, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’”.

Have you ever tried Ping and did Apple just waste their time developing it?

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