Apple expanded its ultra-successful online store iTunes to South Africa on Tuesday, giving music fans access to a library of local and international hits.
Apple has launched their new social media for music product called “Ping“.
Here is my brief take on it so far … firstly it is a social network that requires software (iTunes 10) to be downloaded to your computer or iPod, or iPad, etc. Which I did immediately, of course.
Ping seems to be only accessible on iTunes by enabling the iTunes store.
Now I love iTunes; it has been my PC jukebox of choice for many years, and I spend hours every day browsing and listening to my music using it. I no longer even play music through my hi-fi system, my PC is the exclusive source of music in my home.
However Apple does not allow South African credit card holders to buy from their store, so the store is not for me, which probably means that Ping won’t be either.
I am open to hear more thoughts and ideas on how Ping works, but right now it is not a place I will be spending time on or recommending to others.
Don’t think my opinion is going to affect Apple’s share price by very much, though.
(Oh, and Ping sounds very similar to Bing, doesn’t it? A not-very-subtle dig at Microsoft … and Ping.com is the website for the golf clubs, so lots of web traffic coming their way soon, I am sure.)
Music Made Easy – www.RhythmOnline.co.za
The Rhythm Online MP3 Music Store (www.RhythmOnline.co.za) is a unique South African website that offers quick and easy access to an extensive catalogue of over 62,000 South African and International music tracks.
Music lovers can listen to 30-second samples of each MP3 music track on Rhythm Online without even registering. The entire full-length catalogue is available @ R7 per track and has grown to more than 5000 albums over the last three years.
Rhythm Online is run by music lovers who share a passion for music with their clients. Shopping at Rhythm Online is a friendly step-by-step process designed to instantly connect fans with their favourite music.
Since Rhythm Online is a website platform, no software needs to be downloaded before you can begin shopping. All music is free of restrictive Digital Rights Management and can be copied to your iPod, MP3 player or a disc for your personal enjoyment. And in case you lose your music, you can always download it again.
With a dedicated support team that communicates directly with their clients, the simple download and registration process makes it easy for anyone to own music through Rhythm Online.
South African Catalogue
Rhythm Online offers an extensive variety of South African Music with more than 1000 SA albums listed in a wide variety of genres and languages. Popular artists include aKING, Chris Chameleon, Foto Na Dans, Zebra & Giraffe, Fokofpolisiekar, Gang of Instrumentals, Kurt Darren, Karen Zoid, Koos du Plessis, Juanita du Plessis, Koos Kombuis and Flash Republic.
Exclusive gems like David Kramer’s classic albums, including Blokkies Joubert – unreleased on CD – are also available. Des and Dawn Lindberg (with live recordings from the 60s) is now available, along with the complete Anton Goosen catalogue, including albums such as Lappiesland, never released on CD – now available as MP3 downloads on Rhythm Online.
Rhythm Online makes South African music available to music lovers around the world. “Against All Odds,” the new album by aKING, the popular South African band, was downloaded by fans from around the world – London, Perth and the USA – within hours of release.
Selected albums from Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Simply Red and Louis Armstrong and many more are available. There is also a huge collection of Rock, Jazz, Folk, Rap, Hip Hop, Classical, Metal, Gospel, Children’s Songs and more.
Follow the latest Rhythm Online releases on Twitter: http://twitter.com/RhythmOnline
Liny Kruger, Rhythm Promo: 021 556 1726 / 082 464 1926 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Music Exchange has really inspired me and has reconfirmed for me that I am on the right track.
It was superbly organized and the opportunities for networking were amazing.
I met many people, amongst them being Arthur Goldstuck, who’s book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Internet” which I read way back in 1996, was one of my early inspirations for starting to live my dream of being involved in the business of promoting music.
My involvement with this Music Exchange, including sitting on two panels, has been a definite highlight on my musical journey.
I was saddened that the major labels and retailers, who currently seem to be suffering and complaining the most about loss of sales, retrenchments, industry under siege, etc were conspicuous by their absence.
So they only have themselves to blame if they cannot embrace new technologies and trends.
That being said, I can sum up the whole conference with one observation: in the closing, the organizers received a standing ovation … that says it all.