iTunes gets social, launches Ping social music discovery service

Today, Apple announced that iTunes 10 would be getting a new icon and new social feature called Ping. Ping was described by Apple’s CEO as “Twitter and Facebook meets iTunes.” The new Ping feature allows you to create a virtual group of friends, within iTunes, who you can share music likes, dislikes, and recommendations with. Ping will alert you of nearby concerts, new tracks discovered by friends, and items posted by friends. The Ping service will be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well and will be included in the Music Store app. iTunes 10 will be available for download starting today.

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