iTunes 10 Debuts with Music-Centric Social Networking Service [Unplugging]

Posted by Alison Bakker

It's the weekend - time to check out what is going in the world of music as we unplug. iTunes debuts "Ping," Belle & Sebastian, Cee Lo-Green, Sufjan Stevens, Matt & Kim, Moogfest, and more. 

Do we need another social networking service? Apple CEO Steve Jobs says “Yes.” The new version of iTunes, which was released Wednesday, features a social networking service called “Ping,” a combination of Facebook and Twitter for the music lovers. Ping enables users to discover new music, read about upcoming tours and artist info, follow friends and musicians, and customize album and song charts. Also, feel free to share your music critiques and opinions via Ping’s commenting system. With 160-million iTunes users in 23 countries, Ping will probably be the next big social networking phenomenon.

Belle & Sebastian recently announced a special performance October 5th at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood, CA – the home of such stars as Johnny Ramone and Cecil B. DeMile. Also, Moogfest has added Cee Lo Green, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Omar Souleyman and Mutemath to this year’s festival.

New music this week includes Sufjan Stevens, Matt & Kim, and Kanye and Jay-Z. Sufjan Stevens has released a free download of track “I Walked” from his upcoming album Age of Adz. Matt & Kim has also released a new single “Cameras” from their upcoming album Sidewalks, which is out November 2nd. Kanye West and Jay-Z have announced the release of a mini-album, Watch the Throne, to be released by the end of 2010. After you take a listen to all of that, watch Cee Lo Green’s official video for “F**k You” and buy your Moogfest tickets.

iTunes 10 Debuts with Music-Centric Social Networking Service: Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that the new version of iTunes, which was released Wednesday, will feature a new service known as “Ping.” Ping, like any other social networking sites, offers users to discover new music, find out tour info, follow friends and musicians, and customize album and song charts.

Belle & Sebastian To Play Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood Palladium: Belle & Sebastian recently announced that they would be performing October 5th at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood, CA – home to Johnny Ramone and Cecil B. DeMile.

Cee Lo Releases Official F**k You Video: Cee Lo Green has released the official music video for his single, “F**k You.” Follow the link to watch the full video for yourself.

MoogFest Adds Cee-Lo, Mutemath, Others to Lineup: Moogfest recently announced the addition of Cee Lo, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Omar Souleyman, and Mutemath to this year’s festival. Follow the link for the full lineup.

Sufjan Stevens Releases Free Download of Song from New LP: After the announcement of his new album, Sufjan Stevens has released a free download for the track “I Walked." Follow the link to download and listen.

Matt & Kim Release New Single: Matt & Kim have released their first single “Camaras” from their upcoming LP this fall. Sidewalks will be out November 2 via Fader Label.  Follow the link for tour dates.

Kanye and Jay-Z Announce 5-Track Mini-Album: Kanye West and Jay-Z have announced the release of a brand-new 5-track mini-album entitled Watch the Throne out by the end of 2010.