Apple's Ping tops 1 million users in opening 48 hours

New iTunes social networking services proves popular

Ping still 499 million behind Facebook

Apple’s social networking platform launched last week for inclusion in the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10.0, has reached one million users in the opening 48 hours the Cupertino Company has claimed.

Unveiled during last Wednesday’s ‘Special Event’ in California alongside an update Apple TV and the new range of iPod devices, Ping is a social network for music allowing users to follow their favourite artists and friends, gaining an insight into the music being listened to and downloaded.

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With over 3 million people reportedly downloading iTunes 10 in the first two days from launch, Apple’s Vice President of International services, Eddy Cue has said: “One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping. As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.”

Having launched less than a week ago, Apple’s Ping service has already encountered a number of issues as spammers targeted the social networking outlet shortly after it was revealed that Ping had butted heads with the King of social networking Facebook during negotiations prior to launch.

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