The Wall Street Journal child website All Things D, reports that the new Blackberry Music service will cost $5 a month for 50 songs. These songs can then be shared with friends via BBM. More details include:
- A full-fledged rollout is planned for the first three territories later this fall.
- RIM is negotiating global licenses with the music companies, and expects to launch in other territories in 2012; the big idea is to piggyback on the success of RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, which has more than 45 million users worldwide.
- Subscribers won’t be able to export their music to PCs or other hardware, with the exception of RIM’s much-maligned PlayBook tablet.
- Subscribers will be able to share songs with friends who are also BBM Music subscribers.
The article also suggest a September beta launch.
The music industry sources believe RIM is aiming for a beta launch in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom in early September. A RIM rep declined to comment.