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Apple scrubs Ping of spam, tweaks interface

updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue September 7, 2010

Early problems not affecting membership

Apple has managed to clamp down on several of the early flaws of Ping, reports say. Initially the network was hit by a wave of spam, often pointing people to outside URLs with the promise of free iPads, iPods and iPhones. A variety of fake accounts were also created, in some cases spoofing the identities of Apple executives like CEO Steve Jobs and lead designer Jonathan Ive.

Most of the unwanted material is now gone, AppleInsider notes. Apple has also made a small but important interface tweak, adding back and forward buttons to render navigation more practical. Without the links, the iTunes Store's drop-down menu was sometimes necessary to switch between sections.

In spite of some basic flaws, Ping has not been suffering for members in its first few days. The network reached 1 million users within a span of 48 hours, and is continuing to grow. Still missing is a wide range of artists to follow, as only a small collection of relatively mainstream acts have so far created profiles.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Herbert

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    I am getting tired of everyone hyping that Apple has added 1 Million Ping users in less than 48 hours. Come on, that's less than 1% of their iTunes user base! Do the math!

    And if I can guess from my own experience, many of that 1 Million may have moved on since.

    We all love Apple's stuff here, but please don't loose your common sense over all the current fluff.

  1. wrenchy

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    Yet another


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