Apple and Twitter have apparently worked out a deal for integrating Apple’s Ping music social networking service and Twitter. Users of both services can now tie their Ping account to Twitter so that when they like Post, Like, Review, or purchase music, it will be posted to Twitter.
Furthermore, if one of your Twitter followers click on a Tweet that was sent from Ping, they will see the album or song’s information in the details pane (when using Twitter’s site or a client that offers the details pane). In the screenshot below, you can see that I’ve “Liked” Cibo Matto’s awesome Stereotype A album, with the album cover and track listing in the details pane.
To tie in your Twitter account, you simply need to Edit My Profile in Ping. At the bottom of that page is a place for you to “Connect” to Twitter. Click that button, enter your user name and password, and you’re set (you’ll also be a shown any of the people on Twitter that you follow who also use Ping in case you want to follow them there, too).
We say “apparently worked out a deal,” because Apple didn’t bother to announce it. Fortunately, Twitter did. In a blog post, the company said, “Starting today Ping, iTunes’ new social network for music, and Twitter are making it even easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends by putting Ping activity, song previews and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes Store right in their Tweets on Twitter.com.”