Friday, September 3

What Do You Think of PING ?


There's lots of talk out there in the blogosphere about Ping, iTunes' new social network, and what it means for everyone from independent musicians to the major labels.

Because we're always keeping tabs on emerging trends in this ever shifting industry we'd love to hear your take on it and how it might effect you.

Drop us a line in the comments below.

20 comments:

Dujon said...

Wow, this is the first I'm hearing about this but anything Apple does is guaranteed to make major waves in this industry, especially the launch of a new social network. I'm not too excited about having to maintain yet another website for my music but this may be the one to trump them all.

Anonymous said...

I inquired with Apple as to how Independent Artists like myself can have Artist pages just like Lady Gaga, Coldplay etc... so we can keep fans updated with news, concerts, video etc... and Apple wrote back and stated that all Indy's have to work with their Distributors to get this set up.

Anonymous said...

that sounds typical

Anonymous said...

Isn't it just another myspace, facebook, etc.?

Lisa Marie Gabriel said...

Is that Ping.FM? It's been going for a while. Hopefully Tunecore would help set it up for indie producers.

Marilyn Carino said...

Interesting that just today PC World put out an article about Ping - I suggest that all us "emerging" artists read this before spending lots of time hooking up to it as it stands now.

It's kinda like buying the first generation of any Apple product - you wanna wait until they work out the bugs or you're stuck with something the second generation has made 100% better for half the price.

Spam is a serious issue that impedes those of us who do all our promotional business on the web. And as @dujon noted, we have limited time resources, right?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/204858/is_apples_ping_a_haven_for_spammers.html?tk=hp_new

Jeff Carnie said...

If you could just intergrate ping with jango that would be great for the fans

Roberto Reyes said...

Well, I guess it's just another venue to consider. Independent musicians need to saturate their markets with any available outlet and then weigh out the best profitable format.

Anonymous said...

You must have a distributor in order for this to be setup with Apple.
But not a bad idea unless an Indie Artist does not have a distributor for the music.

Anonymous said...

more bait for scams.

Beachfun said...

Apple said that all indie artists "have to work with their distributors" to get set up?
Is CD Baby a distributor? RouteNote?

If an indie artist has their own publishing company and record label, would either one be considered as a "distributor"?

Anonymous said...

Could be the very useful promotional thing, I think.

Homeless Balloon said...

Ping is so far a big disappointment. Only selected (= high volume selling) artists are featured. For independent artists (= focus on quality, not quantity), Ping will work against their music. I love Apple, but they are pushing their money milking machine iTunes to the limits and don't care about independent artists with their Ping-service. Even if I pick my favorite artists and musical genres, Lady Gaga is popping up in the Ping window. I'm disappointed, and I have deactivated Ping in pure frustration.

Andy said...

It's not for Indie artist at all.

Bankrupt said...

Ping sucks. Here's 2 more reasons why:

http://bankrupt.hu/2010/09/04/itunes-ping-update-apple-ignores-punk-too/

http://bankrupt.hu/2010/09/02/itunes-ping-reinventing-the-iron-curtain/

CrybKeeper said...

Haven't heard too many friends or musicians, who are enthused with PING. Like others said, it's a "wait and see where this goes, with Apple", type deal, in my opinion.
Friends who have tried PING are saying, it is less featured, when compared to Facebook, My Space and even Twitter is considered better.

Anonymous said...

Ping only lists artists on your profile whose music you purchased from iTunes. As one writer put it, Ping is a "social network" where you can display your iTunes receipt for others to see. What's more, it's not indie-friendly, it's a spam magnet yet, however, Apple censors almost any comment made by members who have anything to say. Here's hoping Google Music store will satisfy those of us who are fed up with Apple monopolizing digital music via i(ron curtain)Tunes.

Burzinski said...

Quite strange everybody talks about Ping and its issues, whereas Amazon launched the same service, with the ability of creating an artist profile : complete streaming tracks, photos and videos upload, a personalized banner, a bio, a discussion forum dedicated to people who want to add something... and even a twitter feed... well well...

You just have to claim your artist profile like mine, take a look (quite new, the banner is still into moderation) :

http://www.amazon.com/Burzinski/e/B0040Y2KBE/

Apple didn't get it at all...

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

BESY ADVICE FOR YOU GUYS AS I AM LEARNING. GO WITH CD BABY TO DISTRIBUTE TO ITUNES ETC. THEY DO THE SAME AS TUNECORE.
REASON BEING, TUNE CORE CHARGES YOU ANNUALLY FOR YOUR CDS FOR DISTRIBUTION AND CD BABY DOES NOT

THOUGHT I WOULD PUT THAT OUT THERE FOR YOU
CHRIS WILLIAMS

WWW.CWIZ.INFO

Lisa said...

Ping. its lame.. I will not spend any more time there.. it's not my particular demographic..