Update Brings Ping On iPad iTunes App

Apple has initiated an update to the back-end system of the iPad iTunes application that will bring the Ping music social network to the iPad. With this update, iPad users will notice a new Ping tab available at the bottom of the iTunes app if they have already authorized Ping for iTunes 10 on the desktop.

Like it is on the desktop, the Ping section on the iPad iTunes app is integrated with Twitter and lets the user to tweet out their favorite songs from the iTunes app itself. The Ping section will also let the users check on friend profiles, check out their Ping activity, etc.

The timing of this introduction is interesting as the new iOS 4.2 is speculated to launch very shortly. Apple is learned to have released a second GM build of iOS 4.2 to developers that apparently addresses a bug affecting Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPad.

iTunes 10.1 Preferences To Remove/Disable Ping Available

Apple launched its music social network Ping last month and although the application has taken off quite well, several users are not really a fan of this service and have been looking to remove the application from iTunes. If you have iTunes 10.0.1 installed on your computer, you could check out our terminal hack to disable Ping.

Such hacks are not needed with the latest iTunes software since Apple has made official provisions to not only hide Ping from iTunes, but also disable it completely. Here is how you would do it.

Hide Ping On iTunes 10.1

Launch iTunes and go to Edit -> Preferences. On the General tab, check off ‘Ping‘ in the Show section. That will remove the Ping sidebar from your view.

Disable Ping On iTunes 10.1

Follow the same steps as mentioned above. In addition to this, on the Preferences window, hit the ‘Parental‘ tab and click on ‘Ping‘ in the Disable section. You have now successfully disabled Ping from iTunes.

Apple’s Ping-Twitter Integration Could Use iTun.es For Shortening Links

Twitter announced yesterday about a partnership that it had struck with Apple that would integrate the company’s Ping Music-based social network service with the popular microblogging network. This integration would mean Ping users can link to their Twitter accounts to search for Ping users among their Twitter network as well as tweet to their followers about music that they like or are exploring.

We are now hearing about a possibility for Apple to make use of a native URL shortener script to let users share their activities on Ping over Twitter. MacRumors has discovered that the domain name itun.es is already in the posession of Apple and hence it is likely that the company makes use of this pretty URL for tweets from Ping. The domain name appears to have been purchased way back in 2006 and though it has stayed without much purpose until now, this could be the opportune moment for Apple to put the domain name to use.

iTunes Subscription Service For Unlimited Music Access Coming?

Apple is reported to be in talks with a number of music labels over procuring rights to offer a monthly subscription service that will let iTunes users pay a monthly subscription service in return for their right to access unlimited music content. It is not going to be one fixed subscription fee. Rather, it’s learned that Apple is discussing a tiered subscription structure – something that will range between $10 and $15 – that will offer subscribers varying degrees of content access. More details are not available at the moment.

We have been hearing a lot about this subscription model in recent weeks. In fact, this was expected to be one major announcement during Apple’s recent media event when the company released the new iTunes 10 application. However, there have been reports that music labels are not interested in taking up such a service for fear of losing revenues. Not that this latest rumor proves any headway since then. But what we now know is that Apple is still pursuing these labels for the new service.

How To Remove Ping Sidebar & Dropdown From iTunes 10.0.1 [Windows]

Apple has been celebrating the launch of their new Ping music social network claiming that millions of users have downloaded the new iTunes versions and are consequently happy Ping users. But to be fair, there are loads of users who are not really enamored by the intrusive networking features of Ping and shall be more than happy to remove the features from their iTunes application.

If you are a Windows user, this is what you will do. This is assuming your iTunes application is stored in the Program Files of C: drive. Firstly, launch the command prompt by navigating to Start -> Run and entering cmd

For users on 32-bit Windows (?)

To remove Ping dropdown
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1

To restore arrows on music list to take you to iTunes album listing
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

To disable Ping sidebar
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

For users on 64-bit Windows

To remove Ping dropdown
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1

To restore arrows on music list to take you to iTunes album listing
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

To disable Ping sidebar
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

Download iTunes 10.0.1 From Apple Website Now

Apple has released an update to the recently launched iTunes 10. The new version 10.0.1 brings a number of performance enhancements – mostly minor – as well as fixes several bugs that existed on the older iTunes. Some of the important changes as listed in the change log include

  • Addresses an issue where the picture quality of a video changes depending on whether the on-screen controls are visible.
  • Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit while interacting with album artwork viewed in a separate window.
  • Resolves an issue that created an incompatibility with some third-party shared libraries.
  • Like or Post about music right from your iTunes library
  • Easily see the recent activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping using the new Ping Sidebar.

So as you note, Apple has made the necessary updates to fix the picture quality issue that we had discussed sometime back. Sadly though, no work appears to have been done to fix the credit card issue that seems to have been plaguing a few users.

You can download the latest version of iTunes from the Apple website here.

Users Complain iTunes 10 Not Accepting Credit Card Info

Looks like iTunes 10 has been giving a tough time to some users out there. A number of users on the Apple forum have been complaining that their credit card billing is being declined by iTunes ever since the new update was released. Apparently, these credit cards are declined from payment processing despite users entering their correct billing addresses apart from holding sufficient balance in their accounts.

While there is no official word from Apple in this regard, one user has noted that the issue pertains to foreign IP addresses (presumably non-US). The Apple engineers are reportedly working on this issue and an update is expected this week – before September 17.

The bug also poses a problem when you want to download a free app but in any case you don’t want to hold on until the update is released, you can unpair your credit card from iTunes billing by selecting “no card“. This should help you download free apps at least for the time being. Or else, you can also downgrade from iTunes 10 using the tutorial here.

Guide To Downgrade From iTunes 10 To iTunes 9.2.1

A lot of loyal Apple users have of late been complaining about the new look iTunes software. Some call it hideous and others are simply not appreciative about Apple’s new software. Eitherway, if you are one of those, this simple guide will help you downgrade your iTunes from the latest version 10 to the older version 9.2.1.

For Windows Users

1. Navigate to C:\My Documents\My Music. Copy and back up the complete iTunes folder to another location. You will need it later.

2. Now from the Start panel, navigate to Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. Click and uninstall each of these applications

  • Apple Application Support
  • iPhone Configuration
  • iTunes 10
  • Apple Mobile Device Support
  • Apple Software Update
  • QuickTime

3. Reboot your computer

4. Navigate to C:\My Documents\My Music\iTunes. Here, rename the iTunes Library.itl file to iTunes Library Backup.itl.

5. In the same folder, open Previous iTunes Libraries and right-click to copy the iTunes Library 2010-09-1.itl file. If there are more files, copy the most recent file.

6. Navigate back to the iTunes folder and paste this file. Rename it to iTunes Library.itl

7. Click on these links to download the appropriate iTunes 9.2.1 software : 32 bit | 64 bit

8. You are almost done. Click here for steps to recreate your iTunes library.

For Mac Users

The process is simpler for Mac users.

1. Navigate to /Applications and delete the iTunes application

2. Go to ~/Library/Preferences and delete the com.apple.iTunes.plist file

3. In the /Library/Receipts folder, delete the iTunes.pkg and iTunesX.pkg files

4. Click here to download the iTunes 9.2.1 software for Mac

5. Click here for instructions to recreate your iTunes library

[via Apple Toolbox]

Users Noticing Poor Video Quality On iTunes 10

Apple introduced its revamped version 10 of its iTunes media software earlier this week that brings several new enhancements including the all new music social network called Ping. Apparently, the new iTunes 10 has already been downloaded over 3 million times. Now following the launch, several users are now complaining that they are observing distorted […]

Apple introduced its revamped version 10 of its iTunes media software earlier this week that brings several new enhancements including the all new music social network called Ping. Apparently, the new iTunes 10 has already been downloaded over 3 million times. Now following the launch, several users are now complaining that they are observing distorted and pixelated display of videos that are synced through the new iTunes player. A user complains,

“I have a MacBook Pro running 10.5.8 and I downloaded and installed iTunes 10 just yesterday (Sept 1). Now videos that I purchased as recently as a couple of days ago have vertical distortion lines. I’ve seen that kind of distortion before, though never on a Mac and it’s usually due to some sort of resolution mismatch, but that would be hardware whereas I’m pretty confident that this issue is related to iTunes 10.”

We can confirm that this issue is not isolated and the problem is being noticed by at least several other people. There has not been any widespread report on issues with the new software though. It will be interesting to see if Apple acknowledges or offers a software patch to fix this issue.

Are you noticing similar problems on your side?

New iTunes 10 Icon Does Not Suck. But It’s Irrelevant

Did you have that ‘Where-did-that-come-from?‘ feeling when Steve Jobs unveiled the new iTunes icon during the media event earlier this week? Apple has a logical answer to the makeover. The sale of digital music is fast outpacing CD sales and is supposed to overtake the sale of these physical goods by next year. So it’s time the CD was pulled off the icon.

Old itunes vs. new iTunes icon

And like it is with most changes, many people thought the new icon sucked. Designer Joshua Kopac thought that way too. And he decided to write to Jobs about it.

“Steve,

Enjoyed the presentation today. But…this new iTunes logo really sucks. You’re taking 10+ years of instant product recognition and replacing it with an unknown. Let’s both cross our fingers on this…”

Jobs incidentally replied,

We disagree.

Sent from my iPhone

So, what’s the verdict? Does it suck or not? Doesn’t matter actually. People will get used to the new icon over time. But what matters is if the new design actually captures what the product is. And in this case, the new iTunes 10 icon does a poor job in reflecting what iTunes does. Of course, iTunes is still primarily an online music store and the icon perfectly reflects that. But what is not reflected is the change that iTunes has gone through in the past few years and what it will be moving forward.

iTunes today includes the App Store. And this means you can purchase not only music, but also movies, TV shows, ebooks, games, media tools, business applications,etc. The list is virtually endless. That being the case, the new iTunes store does not clearly reflect these changes.

So Steve, you are right. But you are also wrong.