Apple to Shut Down Failed Social Tool 'Ping'
You won't be Pinging anything after September 30.
Yesterday was a big day for Apple. Not only did the company takes the wraps off of the hotly anticipated iPhone 5, it also showed off new iPods and a new version of iTunes. Still, it wasn't all good news as Apple this week said goodbye to a failed product that never really took off.
Introduced in September of 2010, iTunes Ping is a music-orientated social network built into Apple's iTunes. It allows people to broadcast updates to their friends, follow their favourite artists, and see updates from friends and musicians they're following. At its launch, Steve Jobs described it as Twitter and Facebook meets iTunes. Sadly, Ping hasn't enjoyed much success.
This week we learned that Apple's Ping will not be included in the next version of iTunes. 9to5Mac reports that a message appearing on Ping states the service will shut down for good on September 30. What's more, it's not accepting any new users, so those that didn't sign up before now have officially lost out.