Facebook Ping Deal Likely, Says Facebook CTO

A deal between Apple and Facebook over Ping is likely, despite arguments between the two companies that has kept the two services from integrating so far. At a media dinner in New York City, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor told those in attendance that he was “very confident” such a deal would be reached, according to BusinessInsider.

Ping is Apple’s music-related social networking site that was launched on September 1st at a media event hosted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs told reporters that his company had intended to integrate Facebook, but that the social networking giant pushed for “onerous terms that we could not agree to.”

Then when Apple showed the service with the ability to search for friends on Facebook via an open Facebook API, Facebook chose to block Apple and the feature was removed before launch.

Despite the friction, however, it would appear the two companies are still in discussion.