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.
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