Monthly Archives: September 2010

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Apple, iTunes & Ping

“Social Networks”, this is the new buzz word spawned by MySpace and carried in one form or another down the line through Facebook and now, unfortunately, Apple.

With the introduction of iTunes 10 Apple has introduced “Ping” Apples branded, iTunes centric, ‘Social Network’. What Apple doesn’t get is that most people, don’t want another Social Network. Multiple studies have been done to suggest that people can’t even keep up with the ones they already have. I think of Social Networks as the AoL of the 2000’s,.. A nice semi-walled off garden where your very presence gives you something in common to start artificial “friendships” and conversations with the other people there.

Like reality TV series’, Social Networks peaked a long time ago. Interest is waning, and companies are trying to cash in on the last remnants of whats left for the less tech savvy public. As Twitter gained ‘Name Recognition’ when Hollywood celebrities piled on board, it also lost a great deal of usefulness at the same time. So it goes with ‘Social Netwroks’ The more that pile on the bandwagon, the more diluted the whole idea gets.

The point of this whole diatribe is this, if you want your iTunes back and get literally sick like I do when you see that little Ping menu in your iTunes Library, follow these simple instructions to kill it and let Apple know, WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER SOCIAL FUCKING NETWORK!! In fact, take some of the ones already out there with you when you exit the “market”.

Windows Vista/7:

Exit iTunes. Kill the iTunes Helper process and enter the following commands in a Command Prompt window or the ‘Run’ dialog box.

32 bit Windows:
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

64 bit Windows:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

Mac OS X:

Exit iTunes. Kill the iTunes Helper process and launch a Terminal window and type the following.

defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 1
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 0

We love you Apple but, DAYUM!, seriously.

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