Friday, 12 November 2010 08:42

iTunes 10 can now tweet your Pings


Complaints that iTune's Ping feature does not integrate with major social networks have been partly negated by a hook-up with Twitter.

When Apple introduced iTunes 10, it made a big deal about Ping, its social network for music. One of the main criticisms of Ping was that it did not integrate with the established social networks.

According to various reports, Facebook integration was dropped at the last minute. All Things Digital quoted Apple CEO Steve Jobs as saying that Facebook wanted 'onerous terms that we could not agree to".

While Facebook integration is still missing, Twitter integration has arrived. Curiously, it was left to Twitter to announce the arrival of this feature.

Users of iTunes 10 can now link Ping to their Twitter accounts so that a Post, Like, Review, or 'Tell your friends' activity is echoed to Twitter. The tweet includes a link to the relevant item in iTunes Store plus a #iTunes hashtag.

The question is, if what you really wanted to do was tweet what you're listening to (etc), why bother with Ping instead of simply sending a tweet in the first place?



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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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