Ping creating friction between Apple, Facebook?

CIOL Bureau
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BANGALORE, INDIA: A day after Apple unveiled a social networking site, Ping, based on music, built right into iTunes that allows users to recommend songs to followers or their chosen circle of friends, there seems to have erupted a friction between Apple and social networking major Facebook.


This new “social music discovery” where Facebook and Twitter meets iTunes, seems to have blocked Apple the very next day of its launch. As per reports, Ping is not integrated with Facebook Connect because the companies couldn’t agree terms.

After launching the site, Steve Jobs said reporters that Facebook wanted “onerous” terms that Apple “could not agree to” if Ping was to synchronize with users’ Facebook accounts. Though, on the day of the launch it supported Facebook Connect, thus allowing users to find their Facebook friends on Ping, the very next day that feature vanished from Ping mysteriously.

According to some sources, Facebook blocked Apple from that because Ping had the potential to send so much traffic Face book's way and cause “site stability” and “infrastructure” problems.


However, Facebook didn't confirm this. Instead, the social networking major said they are working with Apple to resolve this issue, though it did not reveal as to what the issue was.

“Facebook believes in connecting people with their interests and we've partnered with innovative developers around the world who share this vision. Facebook and Apple have cooperated successfully in the past to offer people great social experiences and look forward to doing so in the future,” it said it said in a statement.

Is it that Facebook sees a potential rival in Ping?