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RIM looks to add new song to its repertoire

Published by Steve Coleman on August 25, 2011

Research In Motion is looking to give up singing the blues and deliver something a little more up tempo.

The Canadian company behind the BlackBerry and the BlackBerry Messenger software that runs them plans to launch a new social music sharing service accessing as many as 10 million songs.

The system would allow users to download files, store up to 50 songs on their profile and share their taste in music with their friends. Up to half of the files would be changeable every month.

RIM was planning to take "BBM Music" into closed beta in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K this week, but hasn't set a launch date for the general public. Predictions say the service will cost US$4.99 per month.

Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music group and EMI have all signed into the music service for the BlackBerry's instant messaging service.


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