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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Sep 27, '10 09:01:30AM
while i'm not questioning the validity of this hint, i do wonder why someone would want to both (a) remove the ping dropdowns and (b) add back the arrow links, because, if you take a deep breath and look closely, the ping links are actually more useful. that is, they provide more functionality.

i'll admit i wish the ping buttons didn't actually say "ping." but other than that, it's a pretty useful feature.

(maybe someone can locate the button graphics in the package file, so it can be replaced with a wordless version of the button. :-)

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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: gid on Sep 27, '10 09:25:56AM

For me, it was partly the extra click (and holding down of Opt) necessary to get to the "Show in iTunes Library" options. Other than that, it's just pathological hatred of Ping :-)

Incidentally, a bug: If you have the Ping buttons enabled, but you have "invertStoreLinks" set, then the option will say "Show in iTunes Store" but mean "Show in iTunes Library", and if Opt is held then will say "Show in iTunes Library" but mean "Show in iTunes Store". Interesting, but not entirely unexpected.

Note, "disablePingSidebar" is another option available in this new version.

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Authored by: hamarkus on Sep 27, '10 11:12:04AM

"The ping links are actually more useful."
Really? Apart from the link to artist's profile in Ping it does not add anything to non-Ping users. You could already directly go to the song, the album, the artist, or the genre by simply clicking on the respective link. And finding one target to click on might be considered easier than using a dropdown menu. And getting to the Ping profile also was just another click away from the artist's page.

To me any additional text inside a list crosses the line between useful and seriously annoying. The arrows were by their nature content-neutral, even a simple Ping icon would not be neutral. You could re-purpose the arrows to point into your own library, that just does not work as well with an icon that already has a different meaning.

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