So iTunes 10 just rolled out. If you have already grabbed it you must be having a tough time resisting the new features made available to you. This definitive guide will get you started with iTunes Ping in less than five minutes. It’s really easy to use. Easy, fast and free. It will be fun too if you are able to find some friends already present on the network.
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In case you still haven’t upgraded to iTunes 10, head here. We have posted Direct Download links to iTunes 10 for both Windows and Mac users. That done let’s talk about Ping now.
What is iTunes Ping?
To quote Steve Jobs, it is twitter and Facebook meeting iTunes. A social network that is meant for music.
It’s the latest and most interesting feature in iTunes 10. Follow both your friends and artists. Find out who’s upto what. Who likes what kind of music and which artist is doing a live concert nearby you next month. All of this info is available via iTunes now. Musical fandom got promoted to a whole new level.
Earlier we used to share our favorite music via Facebook and Twitter. Now we have it built right into our most favorite desktop music player. Not just that, Ping is coming to the iPhone and iPod iTunes app too.
Alright, I’m in. Where do i Begin?
Open up iTunes 10 and Click on Ping in the Left pane under Store. Alternatively, you can go to iTunes Store like you always do and click on Ping in top-right corner.
First time you access Ping, iTunes will ask you to turn the Ping Feature ON. Click on Turn on Ping
Next, you’ll be asked to sign in to your iTunes account. If you have one well and good else create one right there.
Once you’re thru with iTunes credentials and you accept updated iTunes Terms of Service you will be asked to edit a minimal profile of yours. Add your name, gender and a display picture.
Click on Next, and iTunes will ask you about how you want your Music updates to work. Confused? It’s pretty simple. You can either ask iTunes to display all your music info(this includes music you like, purchase, review etc.) automatically, manually or never. I choose to go manually for now.
Click on Next and now you choose your Privacy Settings. I’m glad they have kept it simple for now. Choose whether or not you allow followers. My advice: go for followers with required approval from you.
And you’re done.. Ready to use Ping.
What should You do now?
The Ping homepage will now have some suggestions for you like
Recommended Artists to Follow
Recent Activity is pretty much same as what you have in Facebook feeds. Stuff from your friends and Artists.
How to add friends? You can search using e-mail or use your existing Facebook account.
Click on Facebook Connect and enter your Facebook credentials.
If you’re lucky you’ll find people on Ping. I was too early so found none for obvious reasons.
Places to go on Ping
We already covered Recent Activity. Your profile will show your activity and people you follow.
People page shows people you follow and those who follow you. It also has new suggestions depending on your profile.
Featured tab contains information about happening and active artists over Ping.
That’s it. All Ping wisdom acquired.
By now you must have already noticed the following things:
Ping’s Social Design – Designed pretty much on the lines of Facebook and Twitter. You follow people and they follow you back. Birds of same music flock together.
Lack of Content & Creatures - There’s isn’t much available right now here. Less artists, lesser friends. So you can make a profile here, hibernate for a week and then be back. Don’t underestimate the number of iTunes users. It’s way over 160 million.
Music search made easy - Music suggestion will now have more of a personal touch. No more relying just on genius suggestions. Check out what people around you are listening to and what’s hot and happening.
Tell us how you benefitted from this tutorial. If you get stuck somewhere, feel free to ask. Ciao.
For more info on iTunes Ping head over to the official page here.