iTunes 10 launched with Ping 'social network for music'

New iTunes logo outed, the CD is gone forever

Facebook and Twitter meets iTunes, says Big Steve.

Lost in the shuffle of a complete iPod range revamp and the new Apple TV came news that Steve Jobs is going to take a run at Facebook and Twitter with a musical twist, built into the new iTunes 10.

Ping was described as a "social network for music" during Jobs keynote presentation this evening and will allow iTunes users to follow friends and artists as well as post recommendations and status updates.

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- Apple launches tiny iPod nano with touchscreen
- Apple's new £99 Apple TV box
- iPod touch with front and back facing cameras
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The service will also provide a custom Top 10 downloads chart specific to those folks you're following as well as the latest updates from your favourite bands and details on forthcoming concerts.

Apple is hoping that Ping will be used as a social music discovery tool and will be available in 123 countries from today.

Also new in iTunes 10, aside from the swanky new logo (pictured) is e inclusion of album artwork in the list view. If you have five or more songs from a certain album, iTunes will utilise that extra space by adding in an album cover.

iTunes 10 is available to download now.

Link: Apple