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Jobs: Facebook cut out of Ping because of 'onerous terms'

updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu September 2, 2010

New social network quickly drops Facebook ties

Links to Facebook have been excluded from Ping because of "onerous terms," according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. When Ping was launched yesterday, it was promoted as having Facebook Connect support; the language is still present on Apple's official page. For a short time on Wednesday night, the option existed to invite new friends to Ping through Facebook.

Ping is now effectively devoid of hooks to other social networks however, including even Twitter. In an interview Jobs explains that Apple spoke with Facebook about partnership opportunities, but that the talks ultimately produced nothing. Facebook was after "onerous terms that we could not agree to," according to the executive.

Though not describing what the terms were, Jobs suggests that Facebook Connect could be implemented as genuine option in the future. "We could [add it], I guess," he comments. Some executives at Facebook are reportedly angry, however, at how similar Ping is to their site in terms of look and layout.

Jobs also remarks that Ping could be the most important thing to come out of yesterday's Apple announcements, despite some other major shifts. The company overhauled the Apple TV, for example, and made the iPod nano a touch-based device. The iPad should also become a more practical handheld with the advent of iOS 4.2.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Steve Jobs too good for Twitter? That's arrogance even mac users won't be able to stomach.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If nothing else

    I hope Ping kills Myspace once and for all!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does Apple really want facebook...?

    perhaps onerous indeed...

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As long as I can turn Ping and all other social networks completely off, I don't give a hoot about what other services iTunes plays with or doesn't play with. Except I wish iTunes was modular, so I could have a version without Genius, Ping, and a bunch of other useless (to me) stuff.

    That said, Facebook is pretty evil.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If Ping is the 'most important' thing to come out of the event, that would only indicate it was a really bad event.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    onerous terms

    Most likely those onerous terms were that Facebook required Apple to use the Facebook logo on their screen somewhere on the connection area (like all web sites that have it do). You know Apple. That would ruin the look. So no facebook.

    Not that I can imagine anyone really caring that much what others are listening to at any particular time. Esp. since most people probably never use itunes to listen to music, just to sync their iPods.

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