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iTunes 10 Ping social music network gallery

iTunes 10 is slowly, painfully going live right now and if you manage to download it, you can set up Apple's new social music network, Ping. I've done that (you can find me here), and hooked it up with Facebook Connect, and...

Meh. Unless I'm missing something fairly major, it looks like only the Lady GaGa's of the world (i.e recording artists) can share status, pictures, and videos, and get comments. The rest of us can find and follow friends, share musical tastes and buy concert tickets, but not much else.

Anyone else trying it and liking it?

Gallery after the break!

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There are 24 comments. Add yours.

;) says:

Lady GaGa...really...seriously....

Corey says:

@;) I feel your pain. Not exactly the cream of the music crop

fbrunel says:

It's a good start but for now, it's a bit bland.

Jason says:

Not even worth the time to set it up.

BrianTufo says:

anyone feel free to follow me! Hopefully more and more artists get added daily!

rick nance says:

So in order to try out this social network, you have to give them your credit card numbers? I understand that it's probably perfectly safe, but it's a bit rude.

dloveprod says:

Can we post messages to our page, I'll add you as my first friend, you might be the only one.

TravBot says:

OK so I'm not the only one confused about this. This is pretty far from social networking.

dloveprod says:

@TravBot I know right, we can't even post messages, I was excited for nothing, at least this is one last service I have to worry about updating, twitter and google buzz are really enough.

boxesareking says:

I think that we should get rid of itunes all together, all these new features and stuff are always getting in the way. When you plug your ipod in - a box with folders should just pop up and then u drag ur music into the box labeled music. Or if you want videos drag them into the box folder labeled videos. Itunes we need to simplify not confuse me with new pang stuff!

Johnny says:

Yeah so it looks like you CAN add "comments" to to your own profile for others to read, but not add photos, vids, etc.
On my iPhone I go to: iTunes>Ping>myprofile>comments
I'm guessing that "comments" is the equivalent to posting a wall comment on facebook or status update.... I'm not sure though.
When do you become an "Artist" instead of a "follower" only?? Do you have to have song on iTunes?

Robbie Alexander says:

Good! The last thing I want is another social network. I'm sick of average people being given a voice. I hope it is kept restricted for top artists.
Also to judge a social network in the first hours of it's life is rather silly. Give it a few months to mature and fill out, but hopefully not with random people's postings I hope it stays just about the music and nothing else.

Frank says:

This is kind of interesting. I would like to see it broadened to include movies/TV as well.

devonair says:

What's with the monochromatic face on this new iTunes? Everything looks faded and plain uncomfortable to look at. ...and Ping is a huge bucket of fail so long as it ties my display name on the "social network" to my billing account name. One of the easier ways to protect your privacy on social networks is to NOT use the same name that is associated with all of your bank accounts. Really, Apple... you couldn't have learned something from Facebook's privacy failures?

Spazbite33 says:

how do you do facebook connect on it???

Benjamin says:

This is not a social network, it is capitalist music selling

PeterM11 says:

I think Ping has the potential to be brilliant. A social network of what you're friends are listening to. It's the perfect way to find new music.

jaysinha says:

@PeterM11 Doesn't LastFM already do that?

Robbie Alexander says:

jay, yes it does. But do I use LastFM? Nope, why? Because I hate having 20 different fragmented social networks, at least this one is built into a product I already use but does not try to emulate Facebook or Twitter exactly.
Most likely it will grow in some fashion to include all the different things sold on iTunes, I would love an easy, first party way to see what Apps my friends are using.

shollomon says:

If you're a guy and consider Ping even remotely interesting and/or useful/fun, your man card is officially revoked.

iphone4idiots says:

This looks pretty bad. Would someone mind following me so I can with it some more. Just search for Kurt Cobain. What you think I should have become the 6th Justin Bieber???

Arthur says:

Why i cant see Ping Option. I use iTunes 10 but i cant see Ping .
My Store is Russian . whats wrong ? how can i Active it ?
Thanks
Regards: Art

Eban says:

What I dont comprehend is how youre not even a whole lot much more popular than you could possibly be now. Youre just so intelligent. You know so substantially about this subject, developed me take into account it from so many diverse angles. Its like men and women arent interested unless it has some thing to accomplish with Lady Gaga! Your stuffs excellent. Continue to preserve it up!

Mai Gurtin says:

Hello there! Just wanted to tell you that I bought tickets to the Lady Gaga concert on Apr 18th. In this site you can find tickets for other dates too. It's amazing her performance on stage, this is my second time and I'm still so excited about listening her live! As she said: "And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time". On this page you can see the section where you're buying the ticket, so it's very recommended!