Research In Motion (RIM) confirmed its new Blackberry music service is now available in Canada, the US and Australia.
More regions will get the BBM Music app soon. BBM Music is a cloud-based, social music service that allows users to pick up to 50 tracks a month to listen to on their BlackBerry, also in offline mode, according to RIM. "The list can be refreshed by swapping out up to 25 songs each month."
In addition, users can access music on the profile of friends who agree to share their tracks, it said, adding that friends can comment on each others' songs, and also create and share playlists from their own and friends' music collections.
Run from the BBM Music app, the service includes a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all friends, including who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created and what comments were made by BBM Music friends.
The BBM Music service is powered by Omnifone, which handles content management, music hosting and reporting functions. The major labels Sony Music, EMI, Warner Music and Universal have agreed to provide tracks for the service. The subscription costs $4.99 per month (Canadian$4.99, Australian$5.99), and the company is offering the first two months free in North America and one month free in Australia.
Customers can also get a free service, where they can listen to the first 30 seconds of music tracks.