Click around for early opinions of Ping, Apple’s new social network for music, and you’ll start seeing the same complaints: It’s like a crowded room with the lights out; it’s impossible to find your friends, especially without Facebook or Gmail integration; the artist community is non-existent, except for a few Apple partners promoting the service. (Why else would Ping “recommend” we all follow Lady Gaga, Yo-Yo Ma, and Rick Rubin?) Boil it all down, and the early consensus is that the oft-flawless company, with Ping, has stumbled to serve consumers, distanced itself from record labels, and even aided Google.
- Apple’s Ping: Like a Zombie Version of Lala (thechromesource.com)
- Apple-Facebook Friction Erupts Over Ping (Miguel Helft/Bits) (techmeme.com)
- Apple’s Ping tops 1M users in two days, but it’s no Google Buzz (Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat) (techmeme.com)
- Google Music to Arrive Before Christmas? (thechromesource.com)