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With over 150 Million user accounts why would you not hang out on iTunes Ping?

Carolyn Tann Starr 2010

With over 150 Million user accounts why would you not hang out on iTunes Ping?

Sometimes you have to state the obvious because some people are so search-engine-ranking obsessed that they miss the social media benefits of simply spending time with people that have a common interest: music.

Because of Ping I got to see Yo Yo Ma perform "New York State Of Mind" for over 400 NYC school kids. Cool is reading his personal thoughts on the subject and participating in a chat with fans and the performers about it simply by posting a comment and reading all the other comments.

I am now working with educators from the NYC Board of Education to do a performance for elementary school kids and introduce them to the programs I use to create music. They are going to get to play with my Korg N364, MBox 2 and laptop running Avid Pro Tools, Sony Acid and Sony Sound Forge in a small, intimate setting because teachers who like my music invited me.

I have not finished my holiday album and may even do one devoted to children's music because of my latest on-going brick and mortar iTunes conversation. 

Because of Ping new people follow me on Twitter and I have actors and musicians asking me about the housing market and lurking on my multiple ActiveRain blogs.

Are you sure you don't want to have people discover you on Ping and possibly follow you elsewhere if you generate enough interest through your comments on Ping social media pages? It's not to shove your businesses down people's throats so DO NOT COMMENT SPAM Pingers. It's simply to share your joy in music and to let people discover what they like about your musical tastes that may lead to other conversations.

Carolyn Tann Starr 2010

Once you download the iTunes 10 program you will see access to Ping in two places: (1) The sidebar under the "Store" category and (2) The header at the far right of the Home icon after iTunesU.

Click on Ping, set up your personal account and start exploring. Recording artists have a landing page where you can see the album covers to our fave ten songs, posts and comments plus we also have a "My Artist Page" for all our music and podcasts:

Carolyn Tann Starr 2010

Most people who do use social media are people with something to share and pick their platforms based upon the features of the dashboard tools. If you use Twitter then you understand the concept of micro-blogs and tweets. If you use Blip.fm you understand what it means to blip music onto other website platforms like Facebook and Twitter. If you use ActiveRain you understand the power of built in SEO and ease of syndication

The use of social media platforms is to invite engagement. Don't under estimate the potential level of engagement on Ping. Don't under estimate the interest people have in reading positive music reviews and having people take the time to click off a favorable star rating, make a tweet or embed a Facebook link. I made several new musical friends because of it. You could too... 

Did you know the artist pages have to be verified by Apple, the distributor and the record label before the account is approved? Ping is about getting virtual access to the creative forces behind the music you love.

Question: Why would you devote so much time to creating business podcasts and sticking them on your ActiveRain sidebars (and other spots like Wordpress), then not open a Ping account? All it takes is a free download of iTunes 10 and depending upon who you interview it may also get embedded on related audio pages.

The podcast Josef Katz did with me at Trump University automatically links onto my music artist page because my being embedded in the work causes the computer to link it back to me as well as the Trump page. That's how some people discovered I am into real estate, among other things... (LOL)

Since I have a few Rainers working with me on a couple of new audio visual projects life may get even more interesting in Club Chaos (LOL). I will be doing more Value Pages Group Get More Business podcasts and would love to work with Carra's Cosmic Cow Pie brand. I have TEDxRDU coming up next year with Heather O. I also promised to continue the "how to monetize your blog" series at REBarCamp. All those videos and select podcasts will be on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook and ActiveRain.

What will people discover about you once you virtually connect through your love of Mozart, Alicia Keys and The Rolling Stones?

Wanna follow someone on Ping?

Feel free to start with me (follow Tann Starr - LOL). ;-)

Search for people in the Ping search engine embedded in the iTunes 10 program and click the follow button when you find who you are looking for.

There is even a private option that lets you keep your Ping habits to yourself unless you give permission for someone to follow you. I have a personal and an artist account. The artist account is public. The personal account is private.

When you play music in iTunes you are going to see a Ping button on the track playing. Sharing it so the rest of the users following you can discover who you like is simply a Ping click away. :-)

Carolyn Tann Starr 2010


If you are down with Rapzilla (Christian Rap & Hip Hop Magazine) you have got to consider voting for Jehovah's Boy "So Free." My nephew Tony introduced me to his music. I think it is awesome. :-)

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Comment balloon 11 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 16 2010 11:52AM


CTann, You are the perfect person to share social media. You know how to use it to teach others. So glad the  education system has you to share your knowledge and love of music. How fortunate we are to have you opening our eyes and ears to so much.

Oh and my may sell a house along the way.

So proud of you!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

Margaret, thank you for the kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Ms. C ~  I am so excited for your school connection.  You have a beautiful gift/talent and you are letting your light shine to help others in MANY ways!  I commented on your last post about how to connect on the ping network and here you are less than 24 hours later with the perfect answer to that question.  Still not sure if I "Get It" but in order to connect on ping I need to download iTunes 10 Ping program then I will be shown the yellow brick road!  

Now, here is my favorite part of your post!  "I will be doing more Value Pages Group Get More Business podcasts and would love to work with Carra's Cosmic Cow Pie brand."  

So looking forward to working with you Ms. C... The Cosmic Cow Pie.... kids series e-books are just about ready to launch!



Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago


Personally, I follow your post for the "minion" stories.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Kudos and congrats on the new launch, Carra. Very cool! :-)

Bill, I have a few in draft that I need to transfer over here. The boys are always banging away on the keyboards when they are not arguing over toys, food and DVDs. Thank goodness for headphones  because Noah was on the Korg for over two hours (LOL). They are part of the music and art project so get ready for some interesting Life With Wee People posts. Noah is helping me with a new track right now while Stephen is snoring away on the futon. Poor baby is pooped from blipping music and silly-dancing with his Mama. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I am going to have to reread this and get into the iTunes thing.  Glad our little podcast is paying dividends to you.  That was a good time.

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) about 10 years ago

Josef, I would love to help you with any project you have in mind and if you ever need music for any of them I am your gal pal. I'll hook you up (LOL). We should definitely do more podcasts together. I am going to be doing "pro bono" music for my pals at the Board of Ed. Next month I will be performing live and teaching the kids how to use my equipment. I am VERY excited about that because the wee people will be part of the project. I am making a special album just for them entitled "P4." Imagine my version of childrens music (LOL) :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carolyn, that is sooo cool! You sharing your talent with the children so that they can make music is a beautiful thing!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 10 years ago

Maria, I am really looking forward to this. I am going to have a bunch of kids drumming along with me. It's going to be mad fun. I may post some of it on AR, Ping and YouTube. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

C: I seriously cannot keep up with you. God knows I try but I cannot. You make my head spin, and half the time I have no idea what you're talking about, but I've gotta say it sounds really cool, LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 10 years ago

LOL @ Elizabeth. The kids are having fun helping me play across social media accounts. I get a lot of great tips from my Twitter peeps. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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