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Ping? [and 8tracks]

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:56 pm
by trev
Is anyone else here on Ping?

I'm not sure of it's value yet, but I figure if a bunch of us were using it, it might become interesting.

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:22 pm
by JesseMiner
I did sign up for an account (feel free to send me a friend request!) and have visited a handful of times (to respond to a few friend requests - including Trev's just now - and to follow Nikki Yanofsky) but nothing has been compelling enough to bring me back.


Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:38 pm
by trev
Yes, Ping has an empty not-quite-there feel about it. Kinda like MySpace :)

Speaking of social networks for music sharing, maybe I'm late to the party, but I was introduced to 8tracks by dogpossum recently when I was looking into all this and it's far more useful and engaging. You basically make the equivalent of a mixtape and put it online for people to listen to and comment on. I'd much rather see the swing DJ community get involved in that.

I'm here: for the curious.

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:30 am
by dogpossum
Oh yeah, I totally love 8tracks. It has a really nice, clean layout, and I like the simple like/comment features. I also dig the way I can embed it in my blog, or on faceplant.


Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:41 am
by Rob
Call me cynical and/or paranoid but from the little I've seen of Ping it felt as much about Apple trying to get their feet in the door of social networking (+ get plenty of useful marketing data on it's users) as it did providing a service that will be of genuine benefit to people. I'd take a Mac over a PC any day of the week, but I have misgivings over how much control they and other cuddly companies (potentially) have over the online music industry and don't particularly want to give them any more control into how I listen to or buy my music.

Spotify has been a MASSIVE boon to me - admittedly it doesn't have everything on there, but it gives me the scope for listening to albums first / checking recording qualities / experimenting with playlists before I actually shell out + has widened my music knowledge and awareness no end.

Loving the look of this 8tracks site, going to check it out fully later.

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:54 pm
by trev
Speaking of Spotify (which I haven't used), this got my attention today: ... rn-online/

Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:05 am
by Gong-Oh
trev wrote:Speaking of Spotify (which I haven't used), this got my attention today: ... rn-online/
The table doesn't list eMusic.


Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:14 am
by Rob
trev wrote:Speaking of Spotify (which I haven't used), this got my attention today: ... rn-online/
That's certainly interesting - although the statistics are used to illustrate one specific argument. One of the strengths of Spotify for me is that it is a listening post, so I know what I'm getting before I go elsewhere and buy it.

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:06 pm
by chrisbe
Hey, great hint with 8tracks! I just created a profile:

I'm also on Ping, but I don't really use/like it so far. I was wondering what Apple will do to make it more appealing...