With much fanfare, Apple launched Ping alongside iTunes 10 as a social network for music on September 1, 2010. Steve Jobs hailed it as being “sort of like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes”. Despite signing up over a million users within the first 48 hours from launch, the experiment quickly went wrong.
The promised Facebook integration was pulled shortly after Ping was released, reportedly because Facebook wanted “onerous terms” that Apple could not agree to. Making good on Tim Cook’s promise, earlier this month Ping began alerting users it was no longer accepting new sign ups and would shut down Sunday, September 30.
Are you sad that Apple sent Ping to the technology graveyard?