BlackBerry has announced plans to discontinue their BBM Music service starting June 2, 2013. The Canadian handset maker recently announced the decision in an e-mail sent to subscribers. The message notes that paying customers won’t be billed for May and that they will receive a free one-month subscription to Rdio for the inconvenience.
Many argued that the music service was doomed from the start thanks to a rather unique business model. For $4.99 per month, subscribers could download 50 tracks to their handset from a catalog of millions of songs. If any of your BBM contacts also signed up for the service, you’d get access to their 50 songs and vice versa.
The potential to amass a large collection of music was there but you’d need to have a lot of friends using the platform and the service to do so. As well all know, BlackBerry was already on the decline by the time the service launched in August 2011. What’s more, competing services offer unlimited access to their entire catalog without any odd restrictions.
Fortunately this won’t affect BB10 customers as the service never made it to the new platform. There is, however, a bit of concern as Rdio doesn’t yet have an app for the new OS and it’s still up in the air as to whether or not Spotify will release an app.
BlackBerry recommends that customers delete the BBM Music app after the service is discontinued.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the latest flagship from BlackBerry, it runs the new BlackBerry 10 OS and packs a 4.2"- 1280 x 768 screen (356 PPI). Inside is a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable through microSD, rear (8MP) and front (2MP) cameras, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet that runs BBOS featuring a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The sides of the PlayBook are coated with a soft-touch rubber that has a quality feel and provides some grip. A 3.5mm headphone jack is present as well, on the bottom of the tablet are three ports: micro-HDMI, micro-USB, and a three pin accessory dock connector.
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