Luis let me know about a cool new service/application called i2b that lets you move music from your iTunes PC to your BlackBerry over the air. You just select your playlist and the music will replicate to your Berry. You can also set it to automatically add recently purchased music, podcasts, & playlist changes to your BlackBerry.
That sounds all nice and dandy but I am truly confused by their subscription costs. They say that it is $2.99/month for 100 songs synched with a max of 1GB. No word about what happens above that 100 song or 1GB limit. The app also only lets you sync whole playlists so you cannot select a single song to add. It checks the playlists you have synced every 6 hours for changes and uploads the songs to their servers. Only after it has been uploaded to their servers does it download to your BlackBerry. DRM files look like they will not work but their explanations are a bit contradictory.
- Access to their iTunes library from anywhere i2b works wirelessly through the cellular network and Wi-Fi hotspots, so there’s no need for USB cables. Tracks can be moved to the user’s BlackBerry from anywhere with cellular coverage, freeing them to hear the music they want at anytime, anywhere.
- Favorite playlists are automatically updated on the BlackBerry Users can select their 25 most played tracks and their most recent iTunes additions — and any other playlists — to be automatically kept up to date on their BlackBerry. They set it once and let i2b do all the work to make sure the music and podcasts they want are available when they want them.
- Songs on their home computer can be retrieved even when it’s off. Up to 100 tracks (1GB maximum) from the i2b user’s iTunes library will be replicated to the Internet cloud, making them available from their BlackBerry even when their desktop or laptop is turned off. When their computer is on and connected to the Internet, all of their iTunes playlists are available on demand to their BlackBerry. Users can easily set i2b not to receive updates in areas where extra roaming charges would apply. i2b combines a BlackBerry application with a small application for the user’s home computer that works in the background with iTunes to allow users to replicate their playlists on their BlackBerry. i2b maintains any DRM restrictions and preserves the integrity of the user’s iTunes library.
- Fine print:
- i2b is only supported on computers running Windows XP or Vista.
- For i2b to work your media enabled BlackBerry smartphone must have a data plan or WiFi access, an internet connection is required for your PC to connect to ParkVu services. Certain music files may not be supported by the media player, including incompatible file types and files that contain digital rights management technologies.
- i2b is compatible with devices featuring BlackBerry Device software v4.6 or higher. Devices that do not feature built-in mass storage capabilities (significant amounts of on-board memory) will require a microSD card to be properly inserted.
- i2b is compatible with 32-bit editions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 which requires iTunes version 7.0 or higher; AND 64 and 32-bit editions of Windows Vista which requires iTunes version 7.2 or higher. Not compatible Windows 2000 or Mac OS.