RIM, the makers of BlackBerry phones, has announced BBM Music app which is expected to be available later this year for a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 (Rs 250).
It is a BBM (BlackBerry messenger) connected social music service that allows BlackBerry smartphone users to share and discover music through your BBM Music friends. But the users must also have BBM 6 installed on their devices.
Once you have created a BBM Music sharing friendship with a BBM contact, you can make use of all that BBM Music offers.
The service allows users to build their music profile (basically download songs to you cloud account) from a catalogue of millions of tracks (with more to be added over the coming weeks).
You can invite friends to BBM Music from your BBM contacts and gain access to their music and share your music (once they subscribe or join the free trial). You can also create playlists not just from your own BBM Music songs but also from your friends’ songs.
It also allows sharing playlists or single songs with BBM Music friends. RIM has tried to make this service a very social experience and has added functionality to follow friends’ BBM Music activity via timelines and comments, or start up a BBM chat about your favourite bands.
In case you are out of network area, you can listen to cache music that gets stored in the handset. This feature will be very useful in developing countries like India where 3G services are still only available in cities only. India availability has not been announced yet, but it is likely to be announced soon after the international launch.