Three Things About Ping That Will Make You Say “WTF?”Sep 5th, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: General, iPods & Portable Media Players
The iTunes Ping social music network was easily the most interesting announcement out of Apple’s special music even, last week.
Here are three reasons Apple’s Ping will make you say “WTF?”:
Apple left the musicians out. There aren’t any musician artist profiles to follow in the Ping music social network.
All we could find was these 14 musician profiles:
- Lady Gaga
- Yo-Yo Ma
- Katy Perry
- Jack Johnson
- Linkin Park
- Mark Ronson
- Taylor Swift
- Dave Mathews Band
- Linkin Park
And, yes, Apple lists U2 and Linkin Park twice to pad the list.
No Jay-Z, no David Guetta, no Vampire Weekend, no Sade, no Black Eyed Peas, no John Mayer, no Alicia Keys……
Worse, Apple won’t let you create an Artist page for your band or your podcast or even stuff that you’re already selling in iTunes.
Apple left the social networking out. You can’t connect with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc…..
Ping isn’t a social network – it may be the most un-social network of al social networks. If you try it, you won’t be able to find your friends if their on there and you won’t be able to invite them unless you’ve got their email address handy.
You can’t even post your status.
Apple Ping doesn’t protect you from spammers and scammers.
Every social network has problems with spammers and scammers – but Ping doesn’t do anything to protect you from them.
Thousands of fake user profiles are being created on the site, many in the name of famous artists, and their being used to promote phony iPhone deals and worse.
If you follow one of the dozen artists that are on Ping, you’ll have to wade through the spam to find comments from real fans.
Bottom line – Apple hasn’t created a social network for iTunes yet – they’ve made it easy for spammers to scam you on Lady Gaga’s Artist profile.
Unless Ping gets a fast update, it’s going the way of Apple’s last closed music platform – iTunes LP.