Apple Launches Ping... and Underwhelms
To get Ping, you need to have iTunes 10 installed on your computer. As a 99% Ubuntu user, this stinks. Apparently no one has told the folks in Cupertino that there's this thing called Linux, which is odd, because MacOS and Linux are two chips off the same block. Luckily, I dual-boot Windows XP (insert Foghorn Leghorn voice) fuh just such an emergencah.
So I downloaded iTunes 10 (which you oddly cannot upgrade to from inside iTunes) and waited, and waited while it
I set my musical preference to "Christian and Gospel." The first thing I see are iTunes "suggestions" for me. The first two were Lady GaGa and Yo-Yo Ma. I guess Apple has a thing for repetitive names.
The first five artists I searched for had no results. I was searching for nobodies like David Crowder* Band, Hillsong United and the current #1 Christian-Artist-on-iTunes Israel Houghton. I also found absolutely no way to claim the album we have on iTunes as an artist, which was easy to do on Amazon.
I did find my buddy Joel, so now I have a new social network. Woot!
Alright, bottom line time:
- Why wouldn't Apple have taken the time to sign up some artists first? I'm not talking about indies, but there are few major label artists signed up. It would have been nice to have some content before the masses were allowed in.
- The screenshot Jobs showed at the event showed a Facebook search box, right in Ping. What happened? Most of us have spent time and effort building our social networks. Facebook and Twitter integration are a must these days. Did Jobs take his ball and go home?
- Why no web portal? I mean, really, Steve, not everyone uses iTunes.
- The process is slow, and klunky, and not typically Apple. This is more reminiscent of Google Wave.