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Is that a way to completely remove Ping from iTunes 10?

19488 Views 66 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2012 8:33 PM by NEW B USER RSS
  • Homestar Calculating status...
    $30,000? That sounds like something awfully important, and you're canceling it just because of an ill advised UI tweak? Wow.

    I hate it as much as you do, but if I were gonna pick a straw to break the camel's back, I'd pick something much more meaningful, like app store policies or hardware limitations.

    I mean, assuming you're buying Macs, you'll now have to either buy them secondhand, probably without warranties, or go with Dell or HP or some other lesser quality brand. On top of that, you'll also have to put up with Windows if this is a typical enterprise situation.

    As for your timing on the MBP/Touch combo, there's not so much of a good reason for that, considering that new iPods have been coming out every September so consistently that some people are calling it a tradition. On top of that, MacRumors maintains an excellent buyer's guide that warns when it's a bad time to get a new Apple product.

    If you're super polite, the folks at a retail store might trade your wife's iPod up. They're known for doing that incredibly nice sort of thing, and if you've got multi-thousand dollar purchases in your history, you've probably got good karma. I remember they replaced the soaked keyboard on one of my friend's old plastic MacBooks, even though it was out of warranty. I don't know if the fact that he's been buying Macs for 25 years factored into that, of course, but it's possible.

    And besides, the iPod was free! How can you complain about that in the first place?
    MacBook Pro Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Homestar Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    artisticforge wrote:
    The project will now be redesigned to use Linux

    Ah, well then, I can't blame you at all for switching. Linux is great for research, open source is good for the soul, and it costs a lot less as well. I still think the cancellation of a $30,000 order could be better used to protest something else, but I digress.
    MacBook Pro Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • KeithJenner Level 4 Level 4 (1,020 points)
    Sorry, but I'm intrigued.

    Are you saying that you are changing a big purchasing decision, creating extra work, because you couldn't find a way to disable ping in 30 minutes and because the control buttons are vertical?

    A few people have said how to easily turn off ping (if you ever turned it on in the first place).

    I've not turned ping on yet (not sure whether I will), but as my computer stands now you wouldn't even know ping was an option until you go to the iTunes store and then you have to specifically turn it on. That's hardly forcing it on people.

    Or are you saying that ping is actually running now without me knowing?
  • keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I just downloaded iTunes X and didn't see Ping appear until I plugged in my nano. Then iTunes went crazy and welcomed me with open arms, iTunes store and Ping and all.

    Anyway, I did NOT turn on Ping. I went into Preferences, selected the Parental Controls tab, and disabled iTunes Store. Once I said okay, iTunes store and Ping vanished from the sidebar.

    No Ping, no Store.
    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.7), 2.4 GHz 2GB
  • KeithJenner Level 4 Level 4 (1,020 points)
    That's interesting.

    Did you try turning off ping through the iTunes store first, or would it keep on turning on again?

    If just plugging in an iPod turns it on then that would be an issue for many people I think.
  • keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    It didn't turn Ping "on", per se, it merely popped open a new window welcoming to the world of Ping. When I first opened iTunes 10 for the first time, nothing happened. I saw the new layout, messed around a bit, but was otherwise satisfied that nothing was going to give me a problem.

    However, when I plugged in my iPod, then iTunes acted like I was a brand new customer. Only then did Ping appear in the sidebar, the iTunes Store opened itself up, etc.

    Okay, so what happens when I eject/disconnect the iPod, quit iTunes, then plug in the iPod again? Nothing abnormal. iTunes opens up, and my iPod is synced.

    So the Ping thing was a one time/first time event. Did that answer your question, I hope?

    Oh, and Ping never turned on. Just some welcome screen appeared saying, "Click here to turn on Ping" (or similar). I never touched it.
    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.7), 2.4 GHz 2GB
  • Homestar Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I agree the iTunes logo is a miscarriage. It seems gaudy to me, and it breaks the theme of the other iLife icons, just like the iMovie icon.

    But the part where you say Apple requires developers to follow the HIGs is just wrong. Apple can't stop a third party from releasing an application because they don't like how it looks. If they did, Google Chrome and Earth, Opera, everything Adobe ever made, and tons of lesser known apps with smaller budgets or greener/lazier developers wouldn't be out there.

    There might be a clause buried in some EULA somewhere, but Apple doesn't seem to enforce it, and if they tried to it'd spark a revolt of users and developers on par with Google's net neutrality fiasco.

    The Human Interface Guidelines are just that. Guidelines.

    And I don't know if you read the dialog Ping pops up when you click Turn Off Ping, but it says "Your profile and all activity will be removed and it will be permanently deleted after seven days." "Permanently deleted" sounds pretty final to me.

    Edit: Typo.
    MacBook Pro Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Mark Kaye Calculating status...
    This is so funny! Nobody in their right mind cancels an order for equipment based on something as minor as a UI dislike in a consumer application. I can't see how these two things are at all related... I presume you had specified the Macs in the first place for a reason. How come Linux is suddenly now your best option? Don't tell me it's because of a relatively minor UI tweak in a consumer application. Is this going to effect your "research" work? If not, and if the Macs were the best option in the first place, then I'd say it's rather foolish to use iTunes as a basis to cancel an order. Cutting your nose off to spite your face perhaps?

    It's like saying to Mercedes, "Yeah, it's the best, most comfortable car in its class, and it fits all of my requirements perfectly. But I don't like the shape of your new logo so I'm cancelling the order and buying a Volkswagen."

    Just my 2c, but no organisation I've ever worked with would base a significant purchasing decision on something so trivial.
    CoreDuo MacBook Pro, Core II Duo MacBook Pro, Core i7 MacBook Pro, Dual Quad Nehalem Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • SwedePetter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Agreed - since there are checkboxes to remove all the other bloat, Ping should be an option as well.
    MacBook unibody, MacMini PPC, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Charles Reader Calculating status...
    If you think about it the new control button layout in iTunes 10 actually makes the program more consistent relative to itself. The minimized version of the iTunes window always oriented those buttons vertically along the left edge of the window; iTunes 10 makes that arrangement the standard throughout all versions of that window.
    Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Untmdsprt Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)
    How did you go back to 9.2.1? I'd like to do that myself as I lost a lot of functionality.
    Macbook 2,1 (2.16GHz Core 2 Duo), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2GB RAM, 500GB & 1TB ext drives, Dual-band Airport, iPhone 3GS
  • Blue Garden Calculating status...
    Here's how to get rid of Ping.
    Preferences/Parental/Disable iTunes Store
    Boom. Gone. So's the Store but who cares.


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