Will Apple (finally) put poor Ping out of its misery?

Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville,” Tim Cook had a conversation yesterday at the All Things Digital conference, where he discussed Macs, iPads, and a number of other subjects. One comment he made was about Ping: ‘We tried Ping and the customer voted and said, this isn’t something I want to put a lot of energy into. Some customers love it, but there’s not a huge number that do, so will we kill it? I don’t know. I’ll look at it.'”

“I guess I should say ‘it’s about time,'” McElhearn writes. “I’ve never been a big fan of Ping… Apple had no plan. Since Ping was introduced, the company hasn’t changed anything of note, just letting it coast from its initial flawed implementation.”

McElhearn writes, “It’s rare that Apple introduces something as big as Ping and overall reactions are so negative. I don’t know anyone who has used Ping for more than the first few weeks, and most of those people were fellow journalists who were using it to write about it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: ‘Twas Zuckerberg who killed Ping. Knifed it before it was even born. The fact is that without Facebook integration, it was virtually useless.

Ping made Google+ look frequented.

Yes, we’re talking about Ping in the past tense, in the fervent hope that doing so will make it true.

Mr. Cook, blame it on Papermaster and let’s move on, shall we?

Related articles:
Wired’s Levy: Apple’s half-baked iTunes’ Ping – December 27, 2010
Apple’s adds playlist creation, publishing to iTunes’ Ping – December 13, 2010
2010’s 15 Biggest Tech Flops: #6 Apple iTunes Ping – December 10, 2010
Facebook blocked Ping over data reciprocity, says Zuckerberg – November 17, 2010
Apple’s iTunes Ping arrives on iPad – November 15, 2010
It’s official: Apple’s iTunes Ping in pact with Twitter – November 11, 2010
Steve Jobs has Facebook’s Zuckerberg to dinner at his house to discuss Apple’s Ping – October 16, 2010
Are you using Apple’s iTunes’ Ping? – September 27, 2010
Apple’s iTunes update improves poor Ping, but social network still needs lots of help – September 25, 2010
Apple removes Ping spam, improves interface – September 07, 2010
Facebook working with Apple to resolve iTunes Ping integration issue – September 03, 2010
Apple iTunes Ping users top one million in under 48 hours – September 03, 2010
Spammers and scammers begin showing up on Apple’s new iTunes Ping service – September 03, 2010
Apple releases iTunes 10 with Ping social music discovery; available to 160 million iTunes users – September 01, 2010


  1. Let not blame it all on Zuck. True is no one knows what happened in the meeting with Jobs. Facebook provides integration with many other social platforms. Spotify functions exactly like Ping should of if it happened. I’m guessing it was some stubborn sticking point with Jobs that caused that marriage to fail. This site really pisses me off when they present hersay as fact. We all love Apple so lets defend it with the truth, yo!

  2. Not sure of what or why it is what it is, but you can’t dispute the fact that Facebook Stock has a Big problem, seems like if Zuck did, then Apple could raise the stock price or at least stabilize it if it was integrated into ping now… Then just maybe to late.

  3. People need to shut the fsck up about Ping already. Was it promised that it would replace Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or AIM? I linked my account to Twitter and routinely recommend and see recommendations from friends and buy songs and albums. That’s it, that’s all. Anyone who believes that Ping was going to do anything more than that is a bozo. Anyone who believes it was going to be a social media sensation is an idiot.

    1. Calm down fanboy. We all like our Apple stuff but Ping is a joke. That’s it. That’s all. It’s a joke. Apple doesn’t do everything right. It’s just a company. They make stuff. Great stuff, usually. But not always. See : the “Cube”. They don’t know you and you don’t know them. Don’t take it personally. Apple isn’t your BFF. It’s a lot of people in a lot of buildings working on cool stuff. But they don’t know you. Call a friend and go have a cocktail. Talk about football and women. Relax. Enjoy your life. But do pick up some AAPL shares or options because it’s about to (in my humble opinion) trend up. Why not love your Apple stuff AND make some money? But hey…………they’re not inviting you over for a bar-b-que.

  4. When I read the title, I thought they wee referring to Microsoft’s search engine, bing. But then I thought, “wait, that’s not it”. Then upon reading the article, I was like “oh yeah….that thing integrated to iTunes on ios”.

    I have posted a total of 3 comments from the day it became public to now. I’ve actually forgotten that it was there.

    Probably one of the industries Apple was not successful in.

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