Apple Updates Ping

Apple has quietly added new features to its social networking-based music service Ping, in an attempt to enhance user experience on the platform.

The Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics giant has released update 10.0.1 for its iTunes music service to patch a number of flaws and add a new range of features to Ping, tech news site Gizmodo Australia reports.

Ping has been updated with a new sidebar that enables users to play their favourite tracks on Apple’s new range of devices including iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and Apple TV.

The sidebar allows users to 'like' their own music and the music being listened by their contacts in the friend list.

“Recall that we didn't like the earlier version of Ping in iTunes 10.0. A quick note about iTunes 10.1. Ping now is beginning to actually be a social network for music,” wrote Dave Winer of Scripting.

Although experts and users still remain disappointed as the service remains within the closed doors of iTunes and is not a browser-base service, limiting users to access songs that are only available on iTunes.