12.06

Apple to Abandon Ping with Next Major iTunes Release

Remember Ping? Yup, neither do I. All Things D reports that Apple will discontinue the service when iOS 6 is launched this fall. During the D10 conference, Tim Cook said that the company may decide to discontinue Ping, but promised to add more social integrations into its products. This became true when Apple revealed system-wide Facebook integration in iOS 6 yesterday. Facebook’s integration is very similar to Twitter’s integration in iOS 5.

While Ping remains active in the recently released iTunes 10.6.3, sources say that Apple will remove the social network in the next major release of iTunes this fall.

Ping was first unveiled in 2012 by Steve Jobs during the demo of iTunes 10. “It’s sort of like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes,” Jobs said of Ping. At the time of launch, critics weren’t very optimistic about the service and the future of it.

You know a significant difference between Google and Apple? Apple knows when to give up on a bad idea, Google doubles down on bad ideas.

 

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