Apple Was in Talks With Facebook Over Ping for 18 Months?

Posted September 21, 2010 at 4:38pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6598 views

Apple was reportedly in talks with Facebook over Ping for at least 18 months before it launched the service on its own, according to a BusinessInsider source..

While we don't know the details of their discussions, it makes sense that Apple may have wanted to build Ping as a music-tracking and sales service on top of Facebook's social graph. This could have allowed Apple to get what it wanted out of the relationship -- more iTunes and iPod sales -- without having to build a social network from scratch.

According to Steve Jobs, Facebook was insisting on "onerous terms that we could not agree to". Instead, Apple launched the service on its own and tried to implement the Facebook "Connect" login interface; however, Facebook blocked Apple citing the enormous amount of traffic Apple would generate.

Interestingly, Facebook is also rumored to be building its own phone to counter any long term threats from Android or iOS to its social network.

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Gurkha - September 23, 2010 at 8:42am
While interesting, the Ping feature lacks artists. It seems to only have artists in the top of the popularity field. Needs more. No Rush? Pink Floyd? Will have to wait and see.
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