Does 'Ping' Sing True?

October 08, 2010

Ping is this new feature added to iTunes and introduces social networking to the world’s most popular music player. Now, I abhor social networking for the most part. Yes, I am a hypocrite since I’m on Stalkbook Facebook (Don’t look for me, I won’t accept your friend request… creeper) FB is a necessary evil. Facebook has become our generation’s yellow pages. Sad but very true. Imagine when you had to actually find people before cell phones, all that geo-tagging bullshit (foursquare and gowalla, I’m lookin’ at you) and Facebook? It was a much more interesting and adventurous time when it really meant something when someone tried to get in touch with you. Now it’s incredibly easy and we still rarely do it. But back to Ping…

Ping has potential, I promise you. I can’t say how many times I’ve asked myself, “What are the favorite bands of MY favorite bands?” and here lies the beauty of Ping. I can follow some of my friends (who’s musical taste I respect), bands, artists and see what they listen to, rocks their respective boats and when they’re playing in my area. I can not stress how many times I’ve missed some of my favorite bands simply because I do not check their website on the regular. I’d like to think Ping will help prevent this as well as keep my ‘Most Recent’ playlist filled with the up and coming. My friends are one of my most constant sources of new music and allowing me to find out what they’re listening to now without having to actually interact with them is fantastic, who wants to talk with friends anymore? That’s what FB is for, I’ll just send messages/tweet/text at them. Kidding aside, I do think Ping has potential to be one of my few accepted methods of social networking. As of right now, it is definitely lacking in some areas. I think having, say, a top five or ten of songs I’m into right now (full length) would be a great addition so my friends can listen and see if they agree. I can honestly say 30 seconds of a song (the allotted sample time on iTunes) isn’t enough for me to decide. I think they’ll get it even better with time, at least one can hope.
*To give some disclosure, I am a big fan of Apple. I’ve been using a mac, have a iPhone and iPod, all that good stuff, so you can consider me bias if you want.*

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