Ok, so Apple delayed their delivery of iTunes 10 for a day. No biggie. The thing I wanted to check out was the Ping service. Already there are questions popping up.
My question is, how is an artist supposed to create an Artist page and how will Apple vet it to make sure it’s legit.
Other people have questioned the whole needing to email people you know thing when there was a Facebook option of finding people to follow. That got zapped immediate due to what some reports are saying is a disagreement between Apple and Facebook.
Then there’s the issue of having Ping recommend artists to follow that don’t fit your profile genres. Hmmmm… I realize the service is brand spankin new, but really asking me to follow certain artists that have nothing to do with my musical desires is kinda weird. On the flip side, if I was one of the feature artists, I suppose I’d be happy with that push to people – however, it’s obvious that non-signed artists won’t likely get that type of push from Apple.
The new look is reminding me of the look of Logic, Apple’s pro recording program. All of which is influenced by pro researchers that figured out what allows for the least amount of eye strain in terms of color. I do like the new UI of the left and top areas. I’m still not keen on the actual store area, but I’m sure Apple doesn’t care.
Another question I’ll have is if there will be a way for a blog or some 3rd party method to making updates to iTunes’ Ping service. Obviously if I’m posting a song here, I’d like for people to know about it there, without the need of an extra step to post it (hint hint, to any developers out there that can figure it out).
Because I’m exploring some differences with iTunes 10, I figured I’d go with an artist that is brand spankin new to me as well. Oddly enough it will also be the first artist I put a like on in Ping. Props to Sharon Gannon. I’m guessing she’s of Irish decent as the music feels like it’s got a bit an Irish vibe to it. Maybe I’m feeling the aftereffects of last night’s pub night. Yes, I was at the underground Irish pub that I hit once a month.
She’s got an inkling of the Enya going on. Lots of drum loops and things awash in reverb. It’s a little more crystaline in it’s sound compared to an Enya song. I can’t understand most of the lyrics, but hey it’s got a soothing vibe and I again needed a change of pace from all the uptempo rock in my head from getting a release ready for iTunes.
Go get some Sharon Gannon for your library.