Facebook Blocks Apple Ping Service

When iTunes 10 with Ping was demonstrated at the Apple [AAPL] special event a few days ago Facebook integration was included. Steve Jobs could be seen on stage demonstrating it.

However, it has now disappeared. All Things D has reported that the reason for it missing is that Facebook has blocked Apple from using the API that was used to interact with Facebook.

Under normal circumstances the API is open and free to use by anybody, but due to iTunes having a huge user base it seems like an agreement was needed which wasn’t signed.

Apple and Facebook have been in discussion, although it seems they couldn’t come to an agreement, and Steve Jobs even told Kara Swisher of All Things D that Facebook had ‘onerous terms’.

It isn’t clear if Apple and Facebook will come to an agreement. It will be in the interest of Apple to get approval though due to the huge userbase and potential it will open up.

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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