Apple Sucks Up To Facebook: Who Needs Whom More?

Two of the biggest names in the tech world, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Steve Jobs have supposedly met up at Jobs ‘Palo Alto” home to discuss Ping. The L.A. Times reported that the two were seen together out walking and talking.

With the men seen at a distance it is difficult to gauge what was exactly said, but insiders have said that Apple‘s CEO may be trying to win over Zuckerberg in a recent bid concerning Ping and Facebook negotiations. Leslie Horn at PCMag reported, this follows on from discussions over some 18 months to try and collaborate the two companies using Apple’s social-networking music service inside iTunes. It was hoped that Ping could be incorporated into Facebook’s Connect, but to date, no deal has been decided. In a recent statement to BoomTown, Steve Jobs said, “onerous terms that we could not agree to.” Speculation still surrounds what the terms were, but it appears that when Apple wanted to access Facebook Connect without a set agreement, Zuckerberg’s site blocked API access.

For those of you out there who may not be familiar with Ping and what it can offer, it acts as a service to follow different music artists, and whereas a location-based site offers users to check-in where their friends are located, Ping allows its subscribers to see what music their friends are listening to. Presently, the service sees at least one million users in 23 countries, and if agreements can be met at any time soon, Apple sales could be increased of iPod and iTunes.

What are your thoughts on this news? Whom needs the other more? Let us know. To read more on this check out PCMag