Apple’s social music network Ping is to close from September 30.
Users trying to register for the service are told that Apple is no longer accepting new members.
There were rumours back in June that the network was on the way out while last night’s iPhone 5 launch made it clear that Facebook and Twitter will now provide the social backbone for a newly revised iTunes (available in October) and all Apple’s content services.
New users who try to sign up to Ping are met with a message that confirms the September 30 close date.
Unveiled in September 2010, Ping was created as a way to share song, album purchases and recommendations with friends so that users can discover new artists and follow their work.
Speaking at the All Things D conference in May, Apple's current chief executive Tim Cook said it wasn’t something he wanted “to put a lot of energy into.”
The new iTunes for Mac and PC will feature a redesigned player, 'seamless' integration with iCloud, and a new look for its online music, apps, TV and movie stores.