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RIM Launches BBM Music Service for BlackBerry Smartphones

Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion has finally unleashed its BlackBerry Messenger Music service, which allows people to share music with their BBM contacts among other things.

The app, which is currently only available in the United States, Canada and Australia, allows people to stream music to their devices and share them with their friends.

RIM, which informed that it plans to bring the service to other major BlackBerry markets shortly, will charge $4.99 monthly fee from users to access the service.

Users will be able to select a track list of 50 songs and enlist themselves in the BlackBerry Music Community. Community members will be able to share of their tracks with their friends, so bigger the community the more music people would be able to enjoy.

"Let's say you have 10 BBM friends with BBM Music subscriptions, and they each have 50 songs in their music profiles. From those friends alone, plus the 50 songs you downloaded to start your profile, you could have 550 songs in no time, right on your BlackBerry smartphone!," the company explained in a blog post (opens in new tab).

The company, which is using OmniPhone to power the music service, has made deals with four of the biggest music companies which include Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music.

[Image Courtesy: BlackBerry Blog (opens in new tab)]

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.