Well, it was bound to happen. Apple will no longer offer Ping as a service after September 30th of this year. In fact, as of right now, Apple is no longer accepting new memberships.
The underwhelming service has been with us since the fall of 2010 when Apple released iTunes 10. All evidence of this service will removed with the next major version release of iTunes.
This is one of the few things Apple has introduced in the past few years, that I and others felt was doomed from the start. At least for me, just looking at the service proved Apple had no idea what they were doing here. Everything seemed jumbled and disorganized. Artists did not embrace the service, and customers didn’t know it was there, and if they did know it was there they didn’t know what to do with it. Ping was merely a half-hearted attempt by Apple to promote the sale of music through iTunes, thinly veiled by the “social network” buzz phrase.