"The disruption was not that we now finally had a nice phone; it was that, for better or for worse, we would now never again be without a computer or the Internet. It was the Mac side of Apple, not the iPod side, that set the engineering foundation for the iPhone."
"So the Mac line, like myself, is in this awkward in-between stage. I love my Air, but I want this new Pro. Meanwhile, I need to replace my iMac, and based on the rumors, I thought I was going to be able to do that today. But, well, nope.Maybe I ditch my iMac in favor of this new MacBook Pro. I like the idea, but I will miss the larger monitor. I could buy a Cinema Display but — incredibly — it’s actually lower resolution than this new Pro screen. What would be the point of that? (And you know that upgrade is coming down the line as well.)"
Ping: What Went Wrong →
And therein lies Ping’s primary defect. Though dressed in social garb, at its heart, it’s a crude advertising vehicle. And one—undoubtedly to the great disappointment of some at Apple—that too many people saw through.
Not being transparent can have terrible consequences.
Out of the five points made in the article, I think these two points contributed the most to Ping’s failure.
- No Facebook connection
- 90 sec previews only
And guess what two services don’t have this limitation?
Rdio and Spotify
Disagree. No Facebook connection is a FEATURE, not a limitation
"If you take out every kid under 10 and every adult over 80, you have a market with 125 percent penetration,” Seitz said. “It’s no surprise the industry is maturing."