RIM gives BlackBerry Messenger Music soft launch in closed beta

RIM has “launched” BlackBerry Messenger Music, a social music streaming app that is integrated into their popular BlackBerry Messenger software. The software has been released in “closed beta” status, meaning that it was released to small number of users and requires an invitation to join. The service costs $4.99/month.

Exclusive to BBM 6, BBM Music features “millions” of tracks and is built around sharing with BBM contacts. Each user can only store 50 tracks at a time, and only half those can be swapped out once a month. New music is acquired by sharing with other BBM users, so the more you friends you’re sharing with, the more music you have access to.

Users can add their friends’ songs to playlists, share playlists or individual songs. Music can also be cached locally on BlackBerry devices for online playback. Not unlike Spotify and Rdio, BBM Music has an activity timeline to see what your BBM contacts are doing on BBM Music (including comments, playlist creation and adding music). The app also has links to the Amazon MP3 store for users to purchase mp3s regardless of how many of their 50 song limit they have used up.

via ArsTechnica

Author: Matthew Ismael Ruiz

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  • StrongHand

    What a stupid idea for a platform like bb. I like blackberry but why re-invent the damn wheel. Give us spotify. I bet the app is unavailable to the bb world bc of this stupid idea.

    Nobody buys blackberry for music. This is like putting 4 wheel drive on a Fiat bc someone thinks that some people buy the Fiat to go offeroading. Just dumb of an idea.

  • StrongHand

    What a stupid idea for a platform like bb. I like blackberry but why re-invent the damn wheel. Give us spotify. I bet the app is unavailable to the bb world bc of this stupid idea.

    Nobody buys blackberry for music. This is like putting 4 wheel drive on a Fiat bc someone thinks that some people buy the Fiat to go offeroading. Just dumb of an idea.