That wasn’t much of a big prediction, but I was right when I said we’d see a new verison of iTunes. Today Steve Jobs announced the release of iTunes 10, which not only comes with a new logo, but also with new features… The most exciting new feature coming with iTunes 10 is Ping, some sort of social music discovery, or a mix of Twitter and Facebook for iTunes, as Steve Jobs puts it.

You can follow and be followed by friends, you can follow artists, you can post your thoughts and opinions, find concert information, and more…

Each of the 160 million iTunes users in the world get access to Ping, so will every iPhone and iPod Touch users as Ping comes with the iTunes app.

I believe Apple set the bar very high with this. Not only will Ping be great for iTunes users, but it will most importantly boost iTunes sales tremendously.

You can download the new iTunes 10 today from Apple’s website. If you’re jailbroken, I suggest you hold on on the update as it might break your jailbreak/unlock ability.

  • Jeff

    Zune has had a feature like “Ping” for a long time…

    • Jeff

      It is called “Zune Social” and has been around since November 14, 2006. Apple is just a little behind on this one, but its good they are finally trying to keep up.

      • Frank Furter

        Apple is ‘keeping up’ with a Zune? Yeaahhhh. That’s it.

      • Jeff

        iTunes is only now getting social networking, 4 years after Zune. Zune’s answer to “Genius” is called Smart DJ which works just as well as Genius, but they released it in 2005 (iTunes didn’t get it until v. 8, which I believe was released in 2008). The iTunes interface looks like an outdated version of excel and anyone who has actually seen or used Zune or one of the devices would tell you that, not only does it look nicer, it is much easier to use. Managing your library is not a dirty chore.

        With Zune, you can get a monthly pass for $15 that lets you download as much music as you want from the market and you get 10 songs that aren’t rights protected each month that you get to keep. There is no such subscription for iTunes and they didn’t announce it, so that is something iTunes will still not be keeping up with.

        Yeah, Apple is a bit behind…

        Have you ever even seen a Zune player or the software? I have had several iPods since the first edition and have only recently converted over to Zune. There is no question in my mind which one is better. I actually tried Zune expecting to be totally disappointed, but what I realized is that Apple’s marketing department is so good that they have made everyone believe that iTunes is far superior to anything out there, so they never check for themselves. I feel kinda duped honestly…

        If it seems like I am just blowing a bunch of smoke, you should go download the Zune software for free and try it for yourself. I am actually interested to hear the reasons why iTunes is better.

      • Jeff

        P.S. It seems like the thing that Zune did wrong was to spend too much money developing good software and devices and not enough on an amazing marketing department… If only I had known years ago!

  • Burge

    As with all iTunes updates it is best to hold off, but what we are never told is that it is ok to update after it has been tested !

  • Jason masters

    Burge test it for us and post your results thanks!

  • Bryan

    Yes, please give us the heads up if JB safe.

  • Jason masters

    Thanks in advance burge!!!

    • Burge

      Sorry but I need wi-fi sync and this as far is I know only works with iTunes 9.x but oh what the fuck…..
      I’ve got lots of backing up to do first.. I’ll let you know. Please keep a eye out on here..
      I must be nuts

  • Burge

    Ok just 15000mb left to back up, then the iPhone and then download iTunes 10, install and test.. If this goes wrong it’s worth doing to let you all know for sure.

    • iTunes 10 is not available for download yet

      • Burge

        I’ve just found that out. How can they say it’s out for download when it’s not !

      • Burge

        Still iam ready when it is out. I will keep you all in the informed

      • One day we’ll all remember you as the man who donated his jailbreak in the name of technology ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Burge

        That’s ok,
        I don’t mind doing this,๎—
        All I will have todo is a total restore of my pc from scratch and my iPhone if this goes wrong
        Now where’s that iTunes update
        Come on I’ve got to be at work in the morning and I might have to restore eveything ( it’s 10 pm in the uk ) and I start work at 7.30 am

      • They made go and download 9.2.1. ๐Ÿ™ for nothing.

  • Chris

    Bwhahaha…nice Logo Apple!!

    • Jeff

      I think they just changed everything… Yet again…

  • Jason masters

    Everyone congrats to burge for risking his jailbreak to help the community!!!

  • Burge

    I’ve got a feeling that this release is going to be late ( late uk time ) so I’ll take my laptop work with me in the morning and do iTunes update and I’ll test. I’ll keep you up to date.
    Night night all jailbreakers.. Time for bed ! ๎„ผ

    • Vik071

      You are a brave, brave man! Canada salutes you. ๎”๎€Ž

    • Burge

      iTunes 10 got release about 4a.m. Uk time. No way was I staying up. Still Iam just downloading iTunes 10 now. Letvyou know how it goes.
      I know the dev team say it’s ok… But still ……

  • Fman52

    I don’t c that much use for ping but that’s just cause its me but for other people who listen to more music it looks pretty cool

  • Jason masters

    It’s live now!

  • G

    anyone tried with jailbreak iphone?

  • Burge

    Ok here is I got up early and got iTunes 10 and sync up my jailbroke iphone and all whent ok…..๎€Ž
    But it’s up to you on what you do, if this doesn’t work for you I didn’t make you do it๎Œท
    But like I said mine is ok,, Wi-fi sync didn’t work thought .๎ก

    • Burge

      Wi-fi sync does work, just restore pair devices

  • G

    thanks for trying it and posting here, other sites calmed that 3gs stop working , i am on iphone 4 will weight anthill tomorrow morning and will try too.

    • Burge

      My 3GS is fine

  • LipItKebab

    iTunes keeps the updating going with all these new apps and social networking, but when do they give up on the part where we pay for all these apps and music why cant they just make a world wide genres hour, you know get free downloads for just at least a hour since we are the people who give them success in there companies.

  • Darth

    @lipidkebab true. It’s hard to get a large happy group of people to use the strength in numbers thing.

    • Burge

      For something like this to work, you will need to get everyone worldwide to stop downloading App/tunes. Untill Apple gives in.
      All u can say is goodluck and let me know what date this is going to start from๎Œถ

  • LipItKebab

    @burge true, but thats never going to happenthere will always be that rich person downloading a app and also apple are making millions as we speak theres people buying apps and etc every minute