BlackBerry Messenger Music Now Available In the UK

By Sam Gibbs on at

Along with the unveiling of an all-touchscreen Curve, RIM's also unleashed the Omnifone-powered BlackBerry Messenger Music on the UK. The cloud-based music service ties in with BlackBerry Messenger and allows you to share songs with your BBM-using friends.

BBM Music lets you build up a collection of up to 50 tracks, 25 of which you can swap-out each month for new ones. Each friend you connect with enlarges your available library as you can listen to each of your friends' collections. RIM's really driving the social music discovery angle here, the only problem is that you have to pay £4.99 a month for the privilege. Ok, you can try it free for 60 days, but considering something like Spotify starts at £4.99 for unlimited streaming -- admittedly you have to cough up £9.99 to get it on your mobile -- £4.99 for just 50 songs at a time on your mobile a month seems a bit dear to me. Loads of people live and breath BBM, so perhaps BBM Music will thrive in the UK with likes of Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI on-board; you just won't catch me using it. [RIM]