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image from www.hypebot.com Discontent and controversies are continuing to grow regarding iTunes' new social network Ping just two days after its launch. A hands on tour of Ping by ars technica showed promise, but some features are confusing and leave much to be desired. The biggest battle is the Apple-Facebook friction that erupted (NY Times) and lead to Facebook shutting off connections to Ping just minutes after it launched.

If you're an indie artist, you've got even more to complain about.

Apple tells Hypebot that, for now at least, artist profiles are by invitation only.  Are there workarounds? We'd love to hear from bands who have found them like creating a new user profile to build a band presence.

"This is ridiculous," one indie musican wrote to Hypebot. "Amazon have an artist claim process... It only takes a few days and then you can take over your profile on the Amazon store, add videos, a banner etc.. Why can't Apple do that?"

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