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Apple sings a new tune, goes social

Apple has launched its first ever music-centric social networking website Ping that connects all its iTunes users and even allows them to interact with the artists.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2010 18:58 IST

Apple has launched its first ever music-centric social networking site Ping that connects all its iTunes users and even allows them to interact with the artists.

Ping connects iTunes’s 160 million plus users through iPhone and iPod touch, and it allows them to follow their friends and their favourite artists, reports Mashable.com. Apple has even launched a new version of iTunes called iTunes 10 which has been developed keeping Ping in mind.

ApplePing allows its users to interact with different artists as well. Artists want to get their music out to the masses, but they also want to make money. To make money on the web, they have to use their web presence to sell digital songs and albums. By getting people to interact with artists in iTunes, they hopes to sell more digital records. Artists have the same goal, and deeper integration with iTunes will surely help them achieve it, explains the site.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs described Ping as Facebook (Facebook) + Twitter (Twitter) for music. It centers around a newsfeed of what your friends are listening to and watching (like Status updates on Facebook) through iTunes. It provides custom song and album charts, as well as 17,000+ concert listings and a deep integration with the full library of iTunes content.

If Ping turns out to be a viable social network, Apple will be able to attract artists to create their own profiles and build their own followings, speculates the site.

So bite the apple and stay iTuned!