Ping! Apple Music Connect to shut down in 2019

“Apple Music Connect appears to slowly be going the way of iTunes Ping,” Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac.

” Apple has started notifying Apple Music artists that it is removing the ability for artists to post content to Apple Music Connect, and previously posted Apple Music Connect content is being removed from the For You section and Artist Pages in Apple Music,” Hall reports. “Connect content will still be viewable through search results on Apple Music, but Apple is removing artist-submitted Connect posts from search in May.”

You’ll no longer be able to post to Connect as of December 13, 2018, but all previously uploaded content will still be searchable until May 24, 2019. – Apple note to artists

“It certainly sounds like Connect as a platform will all but be abandoned by May 2019,” Hall reports. “Apple Music has done well with other social features that iTunes Ping sort of tried to tackle years earlier. For example, Apple Music users can follow each other and share play activity as a way to recommend music on the platform. Apple also has an automated playlist that recommends music weekly based on what friends are listening to.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shocking. We’d forgotten Connect was even still live.


  1. Whaaaaa!?

    But.. but.. I thought we were just gloating over all the GOOGLE projects and products and services that failed to thrive and were put down.

    APPLE!? Under the new leadership? Had a lousy idea that went nowhere, was left to rot and eventually was swept away?

    Can’t be. Check the MDN archives. That’s not what Apple does.

  2. another Eddy wonder.

    Apple Bio page:
    “Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store and Apple Music”.

    Cue is or was also responsible for iBooks (lost hundreds of millions in lawsuit) , SIRI (fell asleep during meetings) , Maps, Planet of the Apps and iCloud pricing.

  3. Was Apple Music Connect a product or a “hobby”, like Apple TV? Apple has a very bad track record with products that are not directly related to the iPhone. These days Apple barely manages to update its computers every 3 or 4 years. Apple TV goes for years with no innovation. Airport is gone. Now, Apple Content will be whatever you get from a weird mix of people from other companies who have no unique vision for Apple Content. And Tim Cook is not going to provide a strategic focus. Eddy Cue? Right.

    When Steve Jobs bought Pixar for nothing he saw a small team of incredibly talented creators of content. They had unique commitment to quality and stories and characters that Jobs saw and knew could do great things. Like he did a long time before. And they did. There is no vision like that that is discernible in the Content area or even in the main product lines now that Jobs is gone.

    This article is about the demise of a product nobody even knew Apple had. It really never tried to make it work. And that is the real problem.

    1. +

      Great points

      haven’t thought of Pixar for awhile but i remember it had something like 5-6 consecutive blockbuster hits. Imagine if Jobs was running Apple’s new TV content initiative

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