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Apple distributes e-mail reminding users of Ping

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Thu November 4, 2010

Popularity of new service unclear

Only days after Apple quietly updated iTunes to bring more focus to its Ping service, the company has distributed an e-mail reminding users of the social networking features. The media software now provides options to recommend or comment on tracks that are currently playing, while the Recent Activity section includes communication from other Ping contacts.

Despite reports of a breakdown in negotiations between Apple and Facebook, Ping gained over a million users within a few days of its launch. It is unclear if the fledgling feature has kept the interest of the first group of users, however. Apple has yet to provide follow-up numbers regarding the number of total users in the firs two months.

Many users have criticized the feature for lacking Facebook integration and effective filters for the barrage of spam that has appeared at times. Although the company has successfully enrolled a number of popular musicians, only 2,000 artists have been successfully passed through Apple's review system for approval. The number pales in comparison to the millions of artists on MySpace and Facebook.




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  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Ping...

    ...can rot in f*cking h***. Stay off my iTunes.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Welcome to the Apple Experience

    ....I didn't say it was going to be good >:)

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ping of death

    Ping's lack of adoption seems to have Apple worried at least enough to remind everyone that it even exist. I'm not a teen and don't usually social network (I prefer to see my friends in person) anything so Ping, Twitter, Facebook, etc.. are for those that have a lot of free time to waste.

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