The last time we talked about Ping we explained How-To disable it. This time I’m going to show you how to get Ping running if your in a country that doesn’t support it (yet…). That’s right, to date, Ping is only supported in 23 countries and without my groovy trick, if your not in one of those counties, your outta luck.. no surprise since we already know Steve Jobs was evil… <smile>
Anyway, so you’re an iTunes user, you want to use Ping Apple’s “Social Network for Music” however you can’t because you live in an unsupported country. Lucky for you the fix is rather simple so just follow the step-by-step below and Ping will be up and running in no time.
If Ping is available in your country, it will show up in the left sidebar in iTunes.
Still, if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you can’t find it :). Here’s what to do next.
Step 1 – Enable Ping in your iTunes Install
Goto the iTunes Store on the left sidebar, then scroll all the way to the bottom.
You will see a country flag (probably yours) on the bottom left side. Click on it.
Click the United States flag
What do you know, the Ping tab is now in the left sidebar! DON’T CLICK IT! First we need to setup an account.
Step 4 – Create a Ping Account
Click iTunes Store in the left sidebar. Then, on the top menu, Select AppStore.
Find a free App in the AppStore. Doesn’t really matter which you choose just Click whatever app you see first. From the App’s page Click Free App. A window like the one below will pop.
Click Create New Account
Fill in your data in the next screen and make sure you put in a valid email. Click Continue when done.
Under credit card, Select none. Under Address, fill in bogus information (if you want) including City, Zip Code and State then Click Continue.
Note: Make sure the zip code, state and city match or you’re in for tons of fun…
Step 8 – Verify Email and Login
You will be told that a verification email has been sent to you, so check the email address you used. Click verify e-mail from the email and then sign in with the email and password you used (not shown).
Now return to iTunes and Click Sign In in the top right corner. Use your credentials and sign in.
NOW, your ready to Click Ping in the left sidebar menu of iTunes (not shown) and you will be presented with the option to Turn on Ping.
Ahhh… That was easy wasn’t so bad now was it!