Ping adds Twitter integration, will that add relevance?

Twitter has just announced that that they've integrated with Apple's social music network, Ping to make it easy for users of both services to share music.

On Ping you can easily link to your Twitter account to instantly find Ping users among the people you already follow on Twitter.

Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers – complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.

When you click on a Tweet that's sent via Ping or that contains an iTunes link, you'll see the song or album in Twitter’s details pane, with the ability to listen to song previews from iTunes, making the experience even richer.

This follows Apple's inability to come terms with Facebook over social integration.

The real question is, will Twitter integration make Ping more relevant? Is it enough to get you to use Ping more? Or to use it at all if you haven't already? Or would Facebook still be a better option?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Ping adds Twitter integration, will that add relevance?


Well, it's "neat" that they added it, but I'm still not thrilled with ping. I tried it out, and gave it a chance but have since pulled the plug. I'm going to wait for it to mature a bit before giving it another chance.

This, more than anything else, brings more legitamacy to Ping. It still has problems, but the lack of Twitter integration was probably the single biggest obstacles to more widespread adoption. Now, if they add deeper integration with the iPod app on the iPhone/iPod Touch (i.e. "Ping this song"), they could have something really good on their hands.

For me, it will always be irrelevant till it can take the place of twitter (I hardly use facebook now) however I doubt it could ever replace either of those so for me, it makes no difference, it's really uneccasary and a waste of time using ping, and this is coming from a long time apple user.

Very nice all though needs a dedicated application for the iPhone/iPod/iPad. The iTunes store just isn't strong enough.

One more thing I don't need blipping at me on my phone.
I guess it'd depend on your idea of relevance. For me, tweets about some celeb's engagement and what Kanye listened to after he cursed Lauer is of no relevance to my life.

No. Ping is still a waste of effort by Apple. ITunes itself needs to go, or be replaced with something better. The less time I spend in iTunes the better. Interesting in the context of the Facebook negotiations, though.

It's good to see Apple is now getting the importance and the power of social networking platforms - even though Ping is only about increasing their iTunes revenues. But I still keep my hopes on for Apple to make Ping more usable and maybe, ideally, a service that you can use on your web browser too - not just limited to iTunes software.

Anyone elts having trouble getting ping to work on the iPhone? It keeps telling me to go check it out on my computer.

I don't want my music ping feed to mixed the thousands of twitter feeds
FaceBook would have been more relavent because I know the people on FaceBook why do people hate ping when ever I go on YouTube I all ways see the how to tweet or up date FaceBook with iTunes music... with installing a new app and now I don't have too the only problem with Ping is that it fells like a beta no podcast does not recognize songs not from iTunes ect

I set-up ping and that was it, never went back. I follow tech news in twitter but don't really tweet. I'm pretty much just a Facebook freak.