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Apple to Shut Down Failed Social Tool 'Ping'

By - Source: 9to5Mac | B 39 comments

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.

 

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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 4:33 PM
    any article with apple and shut down in the title will brighten my mood
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    cdburner5911 , September 13, 2012 4:40 PM
    Im surprised apple hasn't sued microsoft for its "bing" name, being too close to apples "ping" (even tho bing is older)
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    DroKing , September 13, 2012 4:28 PM
    Good less apple the merrier
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    Kami3k , September 13, 2012 4:28 PM
    Guess Ping didn't just work.....
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    DroKing , September 13, 2012 4:28 PM
    Good less apple the merrier
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 4:33 PM
    any article with apple and shut down in the title will brighten my mood
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    ahnilated , September 13, 2012 4:35 PM
    Someone must have had their firewall not allowing Ping. Who would name it Ping being most people think of ping as to ping a server.
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    greghome , September 13, 2012 4:36 PM
    ekgjlgkjany article with apple and shut down in the title will brighten my mood


    How about this?
    " Apple lawsuit leads to Samsung Shut down in America " :p 
  • 23 Hide
    cdburner5911 , September 13, 2012 4:40 PM
    Im surprised apple hasn't sued microsoft for its "bing" name, being too close to apples "ping" (even tho bing is older)
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    freggo , September 13, 2012 4:46 PM
    Unrelated question...

    Why are most postings in a BLACK font but every once in a while a post (with no thumbs down!) shows up in a light grey font ?

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    internetlad , September 13, 2012 4:46 PM
    Apple, the company you love to hate!

    seriously though, there are enough social networks around that it's time the herd started thinning a bit. File this up on the shelf with the apple newton and the pippin and call it a day.

    Next up, MySpace.
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    internetlad , September 13, 2012 4:48 PM
    freggoUnrelated question...Why are most postings in a BLACK font but every once in a while a post (with no thumbs down!) shows up in a light grey font ?

    I believe it's if the poster chose "negative" as the comment style, as I did with this one.
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    internetlad , September 13, 2012 4:48 PM
    internetladI believe it's if the poster chose "negative" as the comment style, as I did with this one.


    disregard that, i'm wrong and triple posting. wheeee!
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    acadia11 , September 13, 2012 4:54 PM
    "so those that didn't sign up before now have officially lost out. "
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    acadia11 , September 13, 2012 4:55 PM
    *"so those that didn't sign up before now have officially lost out. "
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    dotaloc , September 13, 2012 4:58 PM
    C:\Users\nchapman>ping ev.ery.on.e

    Pinging ev.ery.on.e with social music software:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    ...

    Ping statistics for ev.ery.on.e:
    Packets: Sent = tons, Received = few, Lost = tons (99.9% loss),
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    jackbling , September 13, 2012 4:58 PM
    On topic:
    It is funny to think of the small group of people who have relied on Ping as their social hub for years. I cant believe they kept it live this long

    Off topic:
    I hope samsung sues apple for their new nano
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    hate machine , September 13, 2012 4:59 PM
    Awww, I didn't get to see future lawsuits regarding Apple's litigation aimed at the Estate of Mike Muuss for the trademark infringement of his Ping utility.
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    acadia11 , September 13, 2012 5:00 PM
    "so those that didn't sign up before now have officially lost out. "
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    ravewulf , September 13, 2012 5:10 PM
    freggoUnrelated question...Why are most postings in a BLACK font but every once in a while a post (with no thumbs down!) shows up in a light grey font ?

    As far as I know, it means the user only recently created an account on Tom's. If you go to ekgjlgkj's user page you'll find that the join date was today.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 5:11 PM
    @Freggo: is you don't sign in/register, it simply allows you to comment as "anonymous," with an identifying handle of your choice. Idk what you meant by the "no thumbs down" bit, so yeah.
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    willard , September 13, 2012 6:26 PM
    Do you hear that? It's the sound of nobody being surprised.
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    halcyon , September 13, 2012 6:41 PM
    Good. Simply...good.
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