Apple Closing Ping September 30
Apple indicated via its iTunes application today that its music-based social network, Ping, is no longer accepting new users and will shut down on September 30. A message about the closure greets Ping users when they attempt to use the service within iTunes. The social-sharing service, which was accessible from desktops as wellas iPhones and iPads, never quite took off. Now that iTunes offers Facebook and Twitter integration for social networking, it is no longer necessary.
Apple's New Clips App Offers a Fun Way to Create Videos
Apple today announced Clips, an app for the iPhone and iPad that lets people piece together photos, videos, and music for sharing on social networks. One of the core features is called Live Titles, which lets people create animated captions by using their voice, rather than typing.
Apple Music Is $10/Month
Apple today announced Apple Music, its new streaming music service. In addition to streaming the entire iTunes catalog, the service includes curated playlists.
Apple Makes iOS8 Available to the Masses
Apple today released iOS8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (5th gen). iOS8 offers a number of refinements to Apple's mobile operating system.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.