Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:11 AM
Or as I pointed out in my article, hardly any Jerry Garcia albums, no Beatles, no Wim Mertens and so much more that you can't talk about on Ping.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:36 AM
"When you opt in to the Genius feature, Apple will, from time to time, automatically collect information that can be used to identify media in your iTunes library on this computer, such as your play history and playlists. This includes media purchased through iTunes and media obtained from other sources. This information will be stored anonymously and not associated with your name or iTunes Account. When you use the Genius feature, Apple will use this information and the contents of your iTunes library, as well as other information, to give personalized recommendations to you."
Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:48 AM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:14 PM
Firstly, besides my friends who have similar musical tastes to myself, am at a loss about who to follow.
Secondly, and most annoyingly, it requires me to use my billing name. I don't own a credit card, and so use vouchers to pay for my music. However, my fathers credit card is registered with Apple. I'm forced to use his name to use the service.
Thirdly, In the (admittedly little) time i've spent using Ping, I have found that it does not enhance my iTunes usage/music habits in any way.
I am a (very occasional) Facebook user. To me Facebook has value in that it connects me to people I know. I can see the music, films, tv shows and books that they like, can view their recent photos and can strike up an instant chat. Such things are enjoyable and, to me, are a valuable way to spend my time online. Using Ping has felt like more of a chore.
I get very little back for what I put in.
Today was the day I turned Ping off. Until Apple provides me with a service that I benefit from using, thats the way it will stay.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:21 PM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:03 PM
Is Ping limited to music?
Apple changed the iTunes icon to drop the CD image that was part of it, but iTunes has become so much more than just tunes. What about movies, television shows, apps, books, podcasts, etc...
When people socialize, their conversations bounce around to many different topics, but if Ping is only connected to music, it seems a very isolated and narrow way to socialize. I like the idea of one centralized arena for socializing on a particular topic (or topics), where I don't have to see someone's vacation pictures or read about what they had for lunch. However, this seems a little too limiting at the moment.
I would like to have a single repository for information on the particular artists (musicians, filmmakers, authors, etc...) that I like. I'd love to get updates on their new releases, concerts, or special appearances without being inundated with trivial nonsense. Genius-type recommendations can be a part of that, too.
I have high hopes for the future development of Ping. Hopefully I won't be disappointed.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:13 PM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:43 PM