New iPods Great, but Apple's 'Ping' Sucks
Apple's new music offerings a mixed bag
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2010 1:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Apple’s new line of iPods is up to its usual high standards, but the Ping social networking service that comes along with it is “socially awkward,” writes Katherine Boehret of the Wall Street Journal. The new “remarkably thin” iPod Touch has nifty new features, like front- and back-facing cameras capable of taking “beautiful HD video,” while the revamped Nano gets a touch screen, while shrinking to half the size of the last model.

But Ping’s a bit of a mess, especially if you’re used to the slicker Facebook. Ping won’t import your contacts from other social networks, won’t notify you when someone comments on your posts, and doesn’t let you send messages to other users—privately or publicly. One last annoyance: It identifies all users by first-name only, “leaving me wondering if the John who bought ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ was my ex-boyfriend or a co-worker,” Boehret complains.

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Sep 10, 2010 1:37 AM CDT
Who buys an iPod? Can't you just buy an iPhone and have all the same functionality plus a phone? Doesn't everyone who can afford a full on iPod already own a phone that can play music and has the exact same form factor as the iPod or smaller?? Am I making any sense at all? Can anyone hear me? Hello?? Hellooo?
Sep 8, 2010 2:22 PM CDT
Ping! That's the sound it makes when you toss it in the trash can.
Sep 8, 2010 2:09 PM CDT
this is apple we're talking about. of course they'll come out with a barebones service. over time, they'll finally add the features that were expected in the first place but still market it as something revolutionary and relevant. eventually they'll actually have something worth talking about, but it definitely won't be soon. its worked for them for every product they've released so far