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Music arrives on BlackBerry messenger

Canadian mobile phone manufacturer Research In Motion has unveiled BBM Music, a music service that connects into the popular BlackBerry instant messenger application for sharing music collections.

BlackBerry messenger music is RIM’s cloud-based music service, which allows music to be discovered socially with shared recommendations from BBM friends – with tracks from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

This news arrives a short time after Research In Motion announced BlackBerry Messenger 6, which offers support for ‘BBM connected’ applications by allowing users to interact with each other from within various apps.

The BBM service is powered by the UK based company Omnifone, which offers the functionality, tools and platform – where BBM Music will have access to 10million tracks.

BlackBerry music includes the ability to build a personal music profile with 50 favourite songs, whilst being able to refresh the profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.

It will also be possible to invite BBM friends to subscribe to the service and join your own music community, as each friend that is added to BBM music a personal music collection grows since the songs from the profile of each friend are available to you at any time.

Those 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM music community, and each member of your community shares the same number of songs from their profile.

BBM music users can create multiple playlists, see which friend contributed each song, view a visual timeline that shows the recent updates, and listen to full tracks with offline playback too.

The BlackBerry messenger music is in a closed beta trial at the moment, where it is expected to be commercially available later this year for a monthly subscription of $4.99 around the world.

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