Apple Inc. jumped into the social networking business on Sept. 1, introducing Ping, a service built into iTunes that is intended to help users discover new music and, presumably, buy more songs from Apple, reports the New York Times. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, showcased Ping at an event in San Francisco along with a string of other new products, including updates to Apple’s iPod line of music players and new software that allows wireless printing from iPads and iPhones. With Ping, users will be able to follow friends and see what music they have bought or enjoyed, what concerts they plan to attend, and what music they have reviewed. They will also be able to follow bands and get updates on their new releases, concert tours, and other events. Many other online music services, like Pandora and Zune Social from Microsoft already have features that allow friends to share information about music. The new iPod Touch is thinner than the previous model and comes equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as Apple’s FaceTime video chatting software. It also has the same high-resolution retina display that Apple first showcased on the iPhone 4 earlier this year. The Touch comes in three versions; the cheapest has 8 gigabytes of storage and costs $229. Apple shrank the iPod Nano by replacing its wheel interface with a touch screen. It costs $149 for an 8-gigabyte version and $179 for 16 gigabytes…

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