Ping, Apple's ill-fated music social network, may be seeing its end of life in September with the next major release of iTunes.
Ping launched in September of 2010 and went ages without plugging into Facebook despite lengthy negotiations. At its Core, Ping enables users to share their tastes with other iTunes users, including what concerts they're going to as well as what music they've recently downloaded. It's also a place for artists to showcase what they're up to, and give fans the opportunity to follow. Ping absolutely failed to take off, and Apple CEO Tim Cook said as much in his interview at D10.
So, is anyone shedding a single tear for Ping? Was there anything it could have done to save it from getting the axe? Are dedicated streaming services owning the social music landscape solely because they can play nice with Facebook, or is there something more that they're doing that Ping never managed to?