Ping off to a rocky start as spam, issues plague service


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Apple’s foray into social music is not going well as its Ping service is experiencing a multitude of problems, including comment spam, a lack of promised functionality, and generally inconsistent user experience.

Security researcher Chet Wisniewski at Sophos said Apple is not employing any type of spam or URL filtering, as comments such as those advertising “free iPhones” were already appearing some 24 hours after the site’s launch. He also said that Apple has made it easy for those to abuse the service.

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September 5, 2010

Steve Jobs: ‘Ping is for social music discovery’

Steve Jobs: 'Ping is for social music discovery'

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Coldplay lead singer

Apple’s September 1 music event ended on a sour note. Coldplay’s Chris Martin gave a tepid and pitchy performance that would have sent him packing from an American Idol audition. Michael Stanclift aptly tweeted: “This guy could have practiced before this gig.” Martin, whose daughter is named Apple, seemed like the right performer for what was otherwise an outstanding event. While Martin muffed, Apple — the company, not his child — hit every key. Not since the first iPod nano launched five years ago has Apple delivered such spectacular new music products.

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September 2, 2010

Lala could make iTunes’ Genius smarter


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple’s apparent acquisition of music streaming service Lala is about improving iTunes music discovery and competitively combating Google search as a music discovery tool tied to free music streaming services. I say apparent acquisition because there is no official confirmation from Apple, although I’d be shocked if All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka got it wrong. He has confirmation of a done deal, and Kafka’s reporting record is outstandingly excellent.

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December 7, 2009