iTunes Ping? No longer a thing.
Apple will end Ping, a social networking service built into iTunes, this fall, sources have toldAll Things Digital's John Paczkowski. Ping is likely to be cut off in the next major release of iTunes, according to AllThingsD, which should arrive in the fall along with iOS 6.
Ping was designed to be a social network for music — "like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes," as late CEO Steve Jobs described it when introducing Ping at an event in September 2010. Ping was built into the iTunes desktop software and allowed users to follow both artists — who could post photos, status updates, and concert dates — as well as friends, in order to see which albums and songs their peers had purchased, rated, or reviewed on iTunes.