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.…

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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."…

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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?…

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Is Ping Apple’s Google Wave?

It's been roughly a week since Ping's release, and I've held my tongue until now. But I can hold it no longer: Ping isn't the thing. It almost isn't anything at all. Which brings to mind comparisons with another relatively useless web-based product: Google Wave.…

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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?"…

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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.…

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