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Newest Twitter annoyance: iTunes Ping updates?

By Rob Pegoraro

Twitter is tuning into Apple's iTunes--and this change may not get a good reception.

Ping, the woefully underdeveloped, music-centric social network Apple introduced in September inside its iTunes 10 program, now allows users to link in their Twitter accounts.


A post on Twitter's blog--this update is unheralded on Apple's "Hot News" and PR pages--spells out what this will mean:

Once you've linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers - complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.

The result is Twitter updates like "So-and-so likes Ani DiFranco on Ping #iTunes."

If you wanted to broadcast your taste in music to the world, that's fine--and maybe the Twitter integration will make it easier to find pals on Ping. (Apple was close to offering a far more logical social-networking link--to Facebook--but apparently yanked that feature at the last minute in a contractual dispute that remains unresolved.)

Twitter users on the receiving end of Ping-driven tweets, however, may not be applauding. If you don't like seeing friends' Foursquare check-ins cross-posted to the status-update site, you'll probably resent this intrusion too.

Those who read Twitter in clients that filter can screen out that "#iTunes" hashtag. Otherwise, you may have to settle for a slightly spammier experience or start unfollowing people--if Ping gets any traction as a result of this change.

That's a reasonably large "if." Of the 108 people I follow on Twitter, only one is on Ping--another tech journalist.

Will he and I have more company in the coming weeks? Post your Ping popularity prediction in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 11, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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At least they could fork over the $15 to get some apple-specific URL shortener or buy a domain like!

Posted by: mcs37 | November 12, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RobertWeinstock | November 12, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

God I hate Ping. Apple removed the perfectly good and very useful Genius Recommendations tab and replaced it with Ping.

Posted by: wiredog | November 12, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Look at me!, look at me!?!?.....pleeeaaassseee??!!, I like Captain and Tenille!!!

God, how I hate these morons, I wish these stuff could have never been invented in the first place, now we have them everywhere, even when the drive (going a 40 mph over the left lane while swerving a little).

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | November 12, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Dear Rob,

The reality is that Ping is going to be favored by tweens and teens, not old people like you and me.

Posted by: kkrimmer | November 12, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

My careful avoidance of all things Apple and of Twitter looks better every day.

Posted by: robert17 | November 12, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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