Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a new music-related social networking service called Ping on Wednesday, and it seems the company intentionally steered away from tying the service into Facebook. Mr. Jobs said his company talked with Facebook about a possible team up, but ultimately wasn’t comfortable with the terms of the deal, according to AllThingsD.
Apple chose not to strike a deal with Facebook because the social networking giant pushed for “onerous terms that we could not agree to,” Mr. Jobs said.
Ping is Apple’s own social networking service targeted at music listeners and tightly integrated with iTunes 10, which the company also introduced at its September 1 media event.
One criticism that’s been leveled at Apple already is that Ping’s closed system should be open so other applications and services can easily tie into it. Apple, however, may not be interested in opening up Ping for branding as well as security reasons.
Regardless of Apple’s motives, it looks like Facebook — and probably any other social network service — will be able to link in to Ping.