BlackBerry streaming music service coming soon

By on August 19, 2011, 12:30 PM

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion will be launching a streaming music service to better compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. The company is reportedly in late negotiations with several record labels and is looking to introduce the new service by early September.

It is believed that the service will integrate with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), RIM’s popular messaging service. More specifically, users would be able to share songs with BBM contacts, although it’s unsure if BBM version 6 would be required or not. BBM 6 was released last month and requires OS 4.5 or above.

Several major recording labels are said to be signing on, including Universal Music Group, Sony Corp’s Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI Group.

RIM has recently fallen on hard times in the US and this could be a last-ditch effort to turn things around. The company cut 2,000 jobs worldwide last month. Despite the recent turndown, RIM still has a solid owner base, especially among business professionals.  The company ranked third in a recent study of US smartphone platform ownership with a 23.4 percent share. International sales are still strong, largely in part to the success of BBM.

Such a service could potentially help attract a more mainstream audience to BlackBerry, although it’s more likely that the move will help keep current customers from switching to a more feature-rich iPhone or Android device. Although a specific release date wasn’t mentioned, it is believed that the service will launch on or before Labor Day (September 5).

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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Am I the only one that believes RIM should have been the one dropping support for BB, instead of HP dropping support for webOS?

All I see on this article is a desperate attempt from RIM to look hip to mainstream consumers. Its quite sad, actually.

I say someone please put this horse out of its misery...

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Too little, too late.

If only RIM moved with the times instead of making phones which look the same as the ones from 5 years ago, they could have diversified away from their core corporate base.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Looks interesting and just today my carrier extended my download cap for 500mb to 2gb.

CryVer CryVer said:

Is it just me, or are these exclusive streaming services going to fail? The concept that Spotify follows are much more interesting; who wants one streaming service for their phone, one for their tablet, and another one for their desktop?

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