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Has Apple missed the social-music train?

Reports that Google will include social features in its new music service reinforce what the rise of Spotify and other services have already made obvious — namely, that Apple and iTunes are falling behind in the social-music race, which could have significant consequences for the company.

Hey look, Exfm is like Ping, but useful!

A new iPhone app released on Thursday brings a music social network to the iPhone. Not for the first time, mind you, but it does get a lot of things right that previous offerings, including Apple’s own Ping, haven’t yet been able to nail down.

Analyzing Apple’s Social (Media) Anxiety Disorder

While Microsoft’s “Welcome to the Social” advertisements were often derided, it’s ironic that Microsoft, and not Apple, has a better history with social media interactions. Here are the three areas Apple tried to make a play with social media, and instead fell just “a bit outside.”

Ping Opens Up to Twitter to Make Music Buying Social

Apple has opened up its Ping social network to Twitter’s 175 million users, allowing those users to connect their accounts to the iTunes-based network and share links and previews. The deal gives Apple more reach, and could help drive traffic to Twitter’s newly relaunched website.

Twitter and Ping Get Together. Take That Facebook!

Apple just introduced Twitter integration to its Ping music social network. Now, when you navigate to the Ping page in iTunes, you’ll find a dialog box at the top prompting you to connect your Twitter account. It’s as simple as signing in with your Twitter credentials.

How Apple Can Fix Ping

I got an email today that made me a little bit sad. It was from Apple, and it was about how great Ping is. It left the distinct impression that many don’t agree. An email won’t convince people Ping is worthwhile. So what would?

What Wine Goes Best With the Future of Ping?

A tipster speaking to the LA Times says Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, two of tech’s most influential figures, got together for dinner at Steve’s place two weeks ago. No word on what they ate, but fledgling music social network Ping was definitely on the menu.

Does Apple Even Want to Build a Social Network?

As it stands now, Ping is explicitly about selling music on the iTunes store. And while the new service is making us wonder whether Apple could build a viable social network, perhaps the real question is, “Does Apple want to build a real social network?”

Ping: A Social Network Inside a Walled Garden

Whether by design or accident, Ping’s lack of integration with other social networks, or even with the web itself, is now its most compelling feature — at least from a strategic perspective. It’s essentially an e-commerce platform for music disguised as a social network.

Ping: A Social Network Inside a Walled Garden

Whether by design or accident, Ping’s lack of integration with other social networks, or even with the web itself, is now its most compelling feature — at least from a strategic perspective. It’s essentially an e-commerce platform for music disguised as a social network.

Ping, Facebook Break Up: It Happened Last Night

At one time, Apple and Facebook were best friends forever. It was rumored that Facebook would form the underpinning of what is now Ping. No more — apparently the two companies are not working on Ping together, and consumers are the ones who pay the price.

iTunes 10: Out With the CD, In With the Social Network

After nearly a decade, iTunes is getting a new icon with the release of version 10. Jobs also introduced Ping, a social network Apple created specifically for iTunes. Ping allows users to share activity with their friends, and follow their favorite artists to receive updates.