You guys remember Ping, right? You know, that social network experiment that Apple let loose in iTunes. Yeah apparently it is still alive. No one uses it…ever, but it is still there. I tried it when it first launched and 10 seconds later I was back on Facebook. A rumor going around has people saying that soon there won’t even be a choice anymore.
A story from All Things D has hit the web stating that Apple is finally admitting what a giant failure Ping is. There are different reasons as to why the “fruity social network…thing” hasn’t taken off. According to “sources close to the company”, Ping is going to be retired in the next upgrade of the the beloved music/app store, iTunes 11.
All Things D had this following information on the matter:
“Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3 and the iOS 6 beta — where it doesn’t work, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.”
I don’t really have a problem with this seeing as how I never used the service. Apple can do a lot of things, but leave social networking to Facebook and Twitter. I’m sure there are some people out there who use this service, but definitely not enough to justify keeping Ping around.
Any thoughts on this? Are you one of the few Ping users out there? Or are you still asking yourself, “What is Ping”? Leave us a comment down below
Via: All Things D