Last week we reported on rumours that RIM was set to launch
a music sharing service for its BlackBerry devices, and now the company has made
BBM Music official.
BBM Music will allow subscribers on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to
access up to 50 songs and share these playlists with their friends. Each month
users will then be able to swap out up to 25 songs from their playlists.
The key to the service will be the sharing aspect of BBM
Music meaning the more friends you have on BBM the more music you will have
Users will have access to millions of tracks with more
promised in the coming weeks and will be able to invite BBM contacts to BBM
Music to further expand the amount of music they have access to.
There will obviously be a social aspect to the service with
users being able to comment on friends’ music choices or start a chat on your
favourite bands. RIM also promise music caching for offline listening.
The service is going on trial in the US, Canada
and the UK
on a limited basis initially and you can sign up here to be notified about when it becomes available to the public.
The service will cost $4.99 per month in the US when launched and while it hasn’t been
confirmed what it will cost in the UK, we expect it could be £4.99.
While restricting you to 50 songs a month sounds like a
ridiculously limited service in the face of other unlimited services like Spotify,
the sharing and social aspect of BBM Music could make it popular among current
BBM addicts. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Source: RIM Blog