When Apple first unveiled Ping, its new music-based social network half-baked into the latest version of iTunes, Facebook integration wasn’t just promised… it was listed as a feature on Apple’s own promotional pages.
Nonetheless, much to users’ mystification, Ping launched with Facebook support M.I.A., a deal having fallen through at the last minute after fifteen months of talks due to what CEO Steve Jobs described as “onerous terms” on the part of the social network giant.
According to Silicon Valley Insider, though, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor is now saying that he is “very confident” that Facebook and Apple will figure out a way to work together on Ping.
Does that mean that Apple has caved to Facebook’s “onerous” terms, or simply that Apple has seen the light? It’s previously been reported that Apple actually violated Facebook’s terms of service after the Ping deal failed by trying to use Facebook’s APIs even without an agreement in place.
That’s a bit shady and not very Apple-like, but it certainly is indicative of how bad Apple wants Facebook and Ping to work together… and how far Apple might be willing to bend to finally bring the two social networks together in harmony.