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BBM Music Goes Live in the U.K.

BBM Music

Following the unveiling of its latest BlackBerry OS 7 handsets — the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BlackBerry Curve 9380earlier today, RIM has announced that BBM Music will be available to BlackBerry users in the U.K. from today.

BBM Music is a service that the Canadian company announced back in August, and it allows BlackBerry Messenger users to share music playlists of up to 50 songs with their friends, and listen to tracks that are selected by their contacts.

The service dropped its ‘beta’ tag earlier this month for users in the U.S. and Canada, and less than two weeks later it has made its way across the Atlantic. British users will undoubtedly be impressed by RIM’s snappy expansion.

Mike Laziridis, RIM’s President and co-CEO, said that the company is “thrilled” to be extending its service:

“More than 45 million customers already love the social communication benefits delivered through BBM and we are thrilled to be extending the experience into a uniquely social and interactive music service.

“We have partnered with leading music companies to provide a ‘full track’ music sharing and discovery experience that will provide users with quality music on demand and allow them to connect with friends on a whole new level.”

The leading music companies mentioned by Laziridis include EMI, Universal, Sony, and Warner.

Just like the BBM Music service in other territories, there will be a fee for British users, which weighs in at £4.99 (approx. $7.92) per month. I don’t think that’s too bad for a music streaming service. And of course, the more friends you have on BBM Music, the more music you’ll be able to listen to.

Will you be signing up for BBM Music?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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