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When I first checked out Ping, the comments section below the picks was a silly free-for-all. A lot of the comments I read were woefully irrelevant and sometimes offensive. Thankfully, the default setting is to hide all but the most recent comment, and it appears Apple has installed some filters to remove much of the junk as well.

You can see upcoming concert listings if you click through to an artist’s profile page, where you can also see who else is following the artist. But the concert listings don’t seem to take into account my location, and clicking to search for tickets takes me to or I’m sure this generates more page views and, yes, advertising revenue for Live Nation Entertainment Inc., which now owns both sites.

But it would be nice if the entire transaction were handled within iTunes, which already has my credit card stored.

The Ping charts, which show top albums and songs bought by people I follow, could prove more relevant if I were to follow more actual friends or industry people I genuinely find interesting. After all, if I follow only well-known, mainstream artists, I’m bound to get recommendations for more mainstream music from well-known artists.

Overall, Ping is one more tool to help sort through the noise, and it’s a conveniently placed one, at the heart of the world’s largest seller of music online.

If future versions have full-length song plays and incorporate the ticketing transaction into iTunes, I’ll be sure to sing its praises.