Ping: What went wrong
Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:10 AM
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:25 AM
And given iLike's demise just recently and no similar replacement, a hotbed for a new music based social network! FB's Music app is meagre and so is Spotify. Ping was just left sitting after launching... that's not the way to build a fanbase. Apple & FB also need to iron things out between them to further success. Right now it's just a void.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:22 AM
And what about Ping users who had no interest in signing on with Facebook?
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:50 AM
I saw two major flaws with Apple's social experiment Ping:
1. Demanding real name use while everything else in iTunes works with pseudonyms. I am a, in some specific business areas, well-known consultant, and my name (combination of first names and last name) only exists once world-wide. Just signing up for Ping would have "published" my existing (almost 600) movie and record reviews under my own name, 100% obvious for everybody. As my music preferences do not go well with my international clients, I am out.
2. Fragmentation. File sharing (back then) in Mobile Me – now dead, image sharing in Gallery, media-related stuff in Ping, game scores in Game Center... Ping was not only not integrated with Facebook, it was just another isolated and very narrow piece of a puzzle that simply fails to become a picture. Apple's "social", and other online services barely make any sense. I still can't save from iWork apps (on the desktop) to iCloud without using a browser (and sharing is completely dead), I sit on my terrace and download a song from iCloud (stuttering and breaking up), while it sits on a Mac Pro 15 feet away on the same network... Apple never understood Web services, and at that point I assume they never will.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:51 PM