Continuing our last post on BBM Music last month, the additional feature to BlackBerry Messenger is almost set to release soon as RIM already setup agreements with major music labels for the new service. According to CNET, RIM has signed a deal with at least one of the top-four record companies and is close to signing at least two others. Supposedly the music client will work independently & merge into BBM through Social Platform API released month ago. Following are some details showing BBM Music workflow:
- Users will have to download the new standalone BlackBerry music app from App World
- Once installed, there *should* be a free trial (may vary by country/carrier – but expect a month free)
- Once the free trial expires, the service will cost $5/mo.
- With the app installed, you can choose up to 50 songs of your choice. Apparently the catalog selection is pretty good!
- From there, you invite your contacts via BBM, etc. to also download the app if they don’t have it and join your music sharing network (invited contacts must pay the $5/mo. also to take part and remain part of the service).
- From there, you can listen to not only the 50 songs you’ve selected), but any of the 50 songs from your music sharing network. So if you have 20 contacts, you’ll have access to 1,000 other songs in addition to your 50. We’re not sure yet if there’s a limit to how many people you can share with, but essentially the more people in your music sharing group the more music you’ll have access to.
This addition definitely seems promising on RIM side as it may turnover tables at multimedia loving consumers. Let’s hope it arrives soon & we get our hands dirty on beats 😉
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