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Apple has updated its fenced-off social network Ping service in iTunes, after users grumbled that it wasn’t accessible via the music player.

"iTunes 10.0.1 makes it easier to share your favorite music with your friends on Ping," said Apple. “You can now Like or Post about music right from your iTunes library."

Ping has so far received an at best lukewarm reception from fanbois, in part because the service fell short of Web2.0 expectations at launch a few weeks back.

Apple has now partially addressed that by connecting some of the TwitFace-style dots via iTunes.

“You can also easily see the recent activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping using the new Ping Sidebar," it said.

However, the company is yet to open it up to all-comers, choosing instead to offer Ping only to iTunes subscribers. Apple claimed 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries earlier this month.

So in effect, Apple's social network effort came pre-loaded with "followers" even if it upset, er, Web2.0 purists in the process.

The Jobsian outfit also applied a number of bug fixes to version 10.0.1 of iTunes late last week.

Among other things, it has patched a picture quality video glitch, errors with some third-party visualisers and fixed a problem with iTunes occasionally shutting down suddenly when displaying album artwork in a separate window.

The update can be downloaded here. ®

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