Hello, hello, hello! There’s some interesting news coming out of the Twitter Blog today, as it has been announced that Twitter users will now be able to link their accounts up with Apple’s iTunes Ping social network service, the social music network that was launched alongside iTunes 10 back in September.
This is a pretty big step forward for Apple and Ping, as before now it has been somewhat limited without the integration of existing social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Apple had originally included Facebook integration, but this was pulled after Facebook claimed that they hadn’t approved such a feature.
How does the integration between Ping and Twitter work, then? I’ll leave it up to the professionals to tell you that one…
On Ping you can easily link to your Twitter account to instantly find Ping users among the people you already follow on Twitter.
Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers – complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.
When you click on a Tweet that’s sent via Ping or that contains an iTunes link, you’ll see the song or album in Twitter’s details pane, with the ability to listen to song previews from iTunes, making the experience even richer.
iTunes song previews are available on Twitter.com in the 23 countries where the iTunes Store offers music.
It’s certainly a big positive for Apple to be able to integrate iTunes 10’s Ping social features with Twitter, and it’s definitely going to get me using it a little more than I do already. Somehow, updating my Ping status for half a dozen followers didn’t seem worth my time. Especially when I doubted any of them followers actually used the service after day one!
Will this get you to use Ping more, or are you more of a Facebook user than a Twitter user? Let us know in the comments as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts.