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Ping

On September 1st. Apple launched iTunes 10 and with it a social network for music, called Ping.  I downloaded the new version of iTunes as soon as it was available and dutifully registered my account with Ping. Less than a week later I am about to remove all of my data from Ping and stop using it. The reason is simple. It’s not a social network, it’s purely and simply a device for Apple to sell more songs in iTunes. A device that uses Apple’s customers as unpaid sales people, spamming their friends and contacts with “Buy now” links, every time they buy or like a song or album. There is no direct communication between friends, there is no discussion. I know that it is in it’s early days and knowing Apple, it will develop and grow, but for the foreseeable future, my account will remain dormant and empty. I must apologise to the few people I have linked with through Ping, though I suspect that most don’t care and the rest feel the same way as I do. Note: The image with this post is taken from the Apple website. If they want me to remove it, I’m sure they will let me know.

On September 1st. Apple launched iTunes 10 and with it a social network for music, called Ping.

 I downloaded the new version of iTunes as soon as it was available and dutifully registered my account with Ping.

Less than a week later I am about to remove all of my data from Ping and stop using it.

The reason is simple. It's not a social network, it's purely and simply a device for Apple to sell more songs in iTunes. A device that uses Apple's customers as unpaid sales people, spamming their friends and contacts with "Buy now" links, every time they buy or like a song or album.

There is no direct communication between friends, there is no discussion.

I know that it is in it's early days and knowing Apple, it will develop and grow, but for the foreseeable future, my account will remain dormant and empty.

I must apologise to the few people I have linked with through Ping, though I suspect that most don't care and the rest feel the same way as I do.

Note: The image with this post is taken from the Apple website. If they want me to remove it, I'm sure they will let me know.

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