Apple, Facebook Reportedly in Negotiations for at least 18 Months Regarding Ping

Apple and Facebook were discussing Facebook integration into Ping for at least 18 months, claims Silicon Alley Insider.

However, that doesn’t mean that they are any closer to reaching some common ground. As the report states:

And it looks like no deal is imminent, though the companies would still be smart to figure out some way to work together.

Before Apple launched Ping, its iTunes team was in talks with Facebook for 18 months or more, a source with knowledge of the talks tells us.

It would be smart for both companies to get something hammered out, as really the only people hurting are the consumer.

The other big piece of news here is on Facebook: Steve Jobs described the terms that Facebook was demanding as ‘onerous,’ and it would seem that that description hits the mark. According to an experienced Silicon Valley analyst, “Working with Facebook as a large company is challenging at this stage, very similar to mid-late-90s Microsoft.” That’s some pretty harsh words, as Microsoft was infamously difficult to reason with in the 90′s.

We’ll have to see how all of this plays out; Facebook seems to be very difficult to work with right now, as it has also had Twitter remove any integration with Facebook.

So, what say you? Tired of Facebook’s antics? Or did Apple finally get what was coming to them?

[Silicon Alley Insider]

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