Much as Tim Cook said last week, the legendary tech leader didn’t want anything to do with the social networking site either.
One of the good things about being old is that you have probably talked to just about everyone at some point about everything.
Case in point, a short interview I did in 2010 with the late Steve Jobs, the legendary Apple co-founder and CEO, when we were jawing about a new iPod nano at a music event in San Francisco.
As we walked around the demo area, I also asked about a new social network for music called Ping that Apple had integrated within iTunes 10 and which I wrote at the time “looks an awful lot like the experience you get on Facebook.”
Facebook had noodled for years on doing its own social music offering, but its efforts had largely gone nowhere. And, as I wrote then, “Facebook was nowhere on Ping, either. Currently, there is no linking, sharing or participation of any kind with Facebook — or Twitter or MySpace — on Ping, which will work only on the iTunes software on computers, iPhones and iPods.”
Jobs told me that Apple had held unsuccessful talks with Facebook about a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping. The reason, according to Jobs: Facebook wanted “onerous terms that we could not agree to."