/// BlackBerry Music: $5 a Month, 50 Songs

August 20, 2011  |  All Things Digital

Five dollars a month. Fifty songs you can share with your friends. But only on your BlackBerry, and their BlackBerries. That’s the basic pitch behind BBM Music, the new subscription service Research In Motion plans to roll out soon. As previously reported, the BlackBerry-maker is in late-stage talks with the big music labels ; music industry sources believe RIM is aiming for a beta launch in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom in early September. A RIM rep declined to comment. Some other details: A full-fledged rollout is planned for the first three territories later this fall. RIM is negotiating global licenses with the music companies, and expects to launch in other territories in 2012; the big idea is to piggyback on the success of RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, which has more than 45 million users worldwide. Subscribers won’t be able to export their music to PCs or other hardware, with the exception of RIM’s much-maligned PlayBook tablet. Subscribers will be able to share songs with friends who are also BBM Music subscribers

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BlackBerry Music: $5 a Month, 50 Songs

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