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iTunes 10.1 offers Ping disabling

updated 12:20 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Both in general and parental preferences

Writer Kirk McElhearn noticed that the latest update to iTunes has added the option to disable the built-in social network Ping and remove it from the iTunes sidebar. A checkbox to show or not show Ping appears in both the General preferences and the Parental Controls. The service, while boasting over a million members, has struggled to find genuine enthusiasm, though a recent incorporation of Twitter accounts and easier music sharing may boost its fortunes.

Though the number of artists who have Ping accounts is growing, the service has always been hindered by the failure of Apple and Facebook to come to an integration agreement similar to what has now been done with Twitter accounts. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently met for talks on the subject, but no visible change has yet resulted as yet.

Apple will be making an iTunes announcement tomorrow, which is widely said to involve bringing the Beatles to iTunes along with the possibility of other updates.






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  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Excellent!

    Thanks for this tip. I never wanted Ping and just found it an annoying thing to trip over.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    A good start.

    How about give us the option to put back the "Burn" CD button? Call me old fashion burning CD but it's a dummy proof button I must have.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Great!

    Apple finally got a clue!

    I played with Ping a little bit. I understand why they did it this way, but from a user's end it's REALLY lame that you can only 'like' or follow music/artists that is only sold through iTunes. That just leaves a really bad marketing taste in my mouth. For people who have more eclectic tastes (music that iTunes doesn't sell), Ping is useless.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: Great!

    but from a user's end it's REALLY lame that you can only 'like' or follow music/artists that is only sold through iTunes. That just leaves a really bad marketing taste in my mouth.

    Gee, I thought everything about Ping left a bad taste in my mouth, from the blatant "Ping" buttons everywhere to yet another push into the iTMS. Ping is like the so-called "Genius" feature. "Let's try to get more traffic into the store!"

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