Shoulders shrugged globally as BBM Music is launched

BBM-Music-007 A couple of days ago, our Mof had a grumble about the imminent launch of BlackBerry’s new music service without having a real idea what it entailed. He’s probably still mithering about it now.

Launched today as a trial, BBM Music lets subscribers have as many as 50 songs on their BlackBerry device, for a monthly subscription fee. In the US it’ll be $4.99, although the UK price is yet to be announced.

Hmmm, that sounds a bit…. er, SHIT really doesn’t it? But there’s a catch. As well as your own 50 songs, you’ll also get access to the tunes belonging to your BBM buddies, potentially giving you hundreds of tunes at your fingertips.

Now, compare that to Spotify, which gives you MILLIONS of songs for £4.99 a month. Cor – not that good really is it?

BlackBerry masters RIM say that 10 million tracks will be available to choose from, licenced from Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music Group and EMI, but it’ll all be rented – you can’t transfer your tunes from your phone to another device.

We’re giving it a BIG BITTERWALLET THUMBS DOWN. Please use the comments box to tell us why we’re wrong. We know you like that kind of thing.


  • PokeHerPete
    Every time I see the word RIM, I think of rimming.
  • nah
    To get it on your mobile you have to pay a tenner so you're not comparing it correctly It's not great but it's not poo, you just have to have a lot of friends with similar music tastes
  • gav
    if you had a lot of friends with similar music tastes you'd probably have very similar music collections on your phones...

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