It was just hours ago that it’s been officially confirmed that many, many users, bloggers and observers of the social service by Apple suspected. Ping is closing for being useless to it’s user base and for “not” having a real user base (given the success of Apple iTunes & AppStore and so of it’s Apple-ID membership diffusion).
A week ago the Wall Street Journal – a magazine known to be “near” Apple - reported that in Cupertino there are projects about introducing their onw streaming musical service a la Pandora or Spotify, if true (and the future will tell) killing Ping abruptly could be not the best move.
I mean … right now Apple have already deployed a straming capable network to it’s clients. iTunes Match and the movie rental service on the iTunes Store have proved to be reliable and accepted by the market.
With the recent iTunes redesign and the ones coming in the future (the app is just too bloated of features having to deal with multimedia libraries AND many iDevices management, so I bet this is coming soon) Ping could be revamped (kinda like a 2.0 version if you want) with that streaming subscription service mashed up with top-notch, proper social network capabilities. This without being killed and preserving the user base and the “brand” name.
What do you think?