Ping on the iPad works similarly to Ping on your computer or the iPhone; the app will be updated automatically with no need to download an update. While initial adoption of Ping has been slow, now that the social networking service is both on the iPad and linked with users' Twitter accounts, Apple is likely hoping that even more iTunes users will take advantage of the service.
Starting today, Twitter will include Ping activity, song previews, and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes store in users' tweets (should they choose to enable the service). Additionally, linking your Ping and Twitter accounts makes it easy to find Twitter friends and contacts who are using Ping, so you can expand your network of music-loving friends.
Ping is already encountering some growing pains, though, as it was (not surprisingly) overrun with spam just after launch and drawing criticism over its lack of Facebook connectivity. All launch problems aside, I'm confident that I'll be using this network pretty frequently to dial into new music. What about you — will you use Ping?
- "I love that the iPod Nano has a clip. "He" has been wanting one for so long, one that just clips so he can go on his runs. Already ordered one for my hubby with an engraving. Can't wait for him to get it." — Honeylicious
- "Really underwhelmed. It's getting worse and worse. " — thecolor
- "New iPod Touch with cameras, YAY! The rest of the stuff, meh. Definitely NOT interested in iTunes becoming yet another social networking tool." — Elfyn
See the rest of the community's reactions, and add your own after the break.
- Facebook blocks Apple from Ping — Switched
- Facebook will also allow you to kick yourself off of other devices — Gizmodo
- "Rock Soap Opera" may not be what you think it is — Urlesque
- Google Wave lives on (in a box) — Lifehacker
There's still a lot of Apple coverage coming up for you to comb through (like in-depth coverage on Ping, Apple TV, and the new iPods) so stay tuned! Until then, tell us — what announcement are you most excited about?
Steve showed off Lady Gaga's page, including her feeds, latest activity, downloads, and upcoming concerts, which looked a lot like a Facebook news feed, but with the classic iTunes styling.
Read about Ping's security features after the jump.