Europeans who have been pining for a(nother) way to bring Spotify into their living rooms can rest easy, now that Samsung is on the case. The pair have teamed up to bring 18 million tracks to Sammy’s 2012 E-Series Smart TVs with a new app designed for the platform. The software will arrive later this year, with existing Premium users finding their playlists already syncing, while those new to the service will be offered a short free trial to coax them into signing up. If you’ve yet to make an investment in one of the displays, the company is also planning to add the functionality onto its Blu-Ray players and Home Theater systems in short order.
“Chill!: The less dependent Spotify gets from your compueter and the more you can experience it in your living room the better. Now you can share and experience Spotify with your family, just as the stereo set from the old days.”
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All good Pings must come to an end, and for Apple’s social network Ping, that end date is coming soon.
Apple has officially announced that Ping, its music-based social network baked into the iTunes desktop player, will shut down on September 30. Clicking on the Ping tab (try it, just once, while you can) brings up a message that says just that.
AllThingsD also points out that Apple’s old website for Ping has vanished from the face of the Internet.
Introduced at a September 2010 Apple event as “a social network for music,” Ping never really caught on with music-listeners. A kerfuffle with Facebook over sharing activity may have doomed Ping from the start: Facebook blocked access to Ping, which made it impossible to find Facebook friends who were also using Ping.
Ironically, Ping will be replaced with deep Facebook integration in iTunes 11. Whenthat version of iTunes becomes available in October, you’ll be able to see whenever your Facebook friends “Like” an artist, song or album on iTunes.
You can read more about the new iTunes — which will be, for the first time in two years, Ping-less — here.