Apple’s Ping Draws a Great Deal of Criticism
Let’s take a look at some points made around the Blogosphere.
Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch says, "The biggest problem I have with Ping is that it lives in iTunes. Not only does it live in iTunes, it is isolated there. iTunes is not social. It is not even on the Web. And Ping doesn’t communicate with any other social networks. I can’t see people’s iTunes Pings in Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else. While Ping does make iTunes itself more social, the problem is that I don’t live in iTunes. It is a store. I go in to buy stuff and get out as fast as I can. I am not sure Ping is going to make me want to hang out there more."
Wade Roush at Xconomy has some interesting ideas about Ping: "It’s easy to see how Apple might expand Ping beyond music to facilitate conversations around media of all sorts, including movies, books, and mobile apps…Adding a social networking interface, on top of all of iTunes’ other functions, is like grafting another limb to the forehead of an octopus. It’s just too much."
The best commentary I’ve seen about Ping so far has to be Paul Carr’s take though. He says, "Ping ping ping ping. Ping. And yet and yet…Ping?"
Apart from all of the opinions and criticism, Ping is already facing a more concrete problem of spam. Chester Wisniewski of security company Sophos has a post up describing the comment spam that’s already flooding the iTunes social network.
Google should be launching a music service in time for the holidays if reports are accurate.