I am glad RIM managed to finally make this one happen. RIM has always been missing a solid music store on the BlackBerry platform so when I heard rumors of a Amazon MP3 app in the works I got excited even though it missed the rumored launch at DevCon. Still I think this is a huge deal for RIM to work together with Amazon to bring their MP3 store of over 14 million songs to BlackBerry users. The app is currently launched in beta and helps you find the songs you want and buy them with a few clicks.
‘The songs you purchase can be downloaded both over cellular and Wi-Fi which is key and even includes some BBM integration for kicks. It allows you to share the music you like by sending comments and links through BBM and the other share options on the BlackBerry. They have also integrated the app with BlackBerry 6’s Universal Search so you can search directly from the homescreen. The app looks less like the BlackBerry Amazon app and more like apps developed by RIM which is odd but it could be they interfaced more with RIM on this app.
Key features of Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones include:
- Music Discoverability – Browse the Amazon catalog by what’s new, top songs, top albums and genres; choose from over a million albums, and 14 million songs – all competitively priced and DRM free
- New Music Deals Everyday – Check back daily for a free song of the day and daily album deals
- Bookmarks – Easily bookmark songs or albums for preview or to download at a later time
- Gift Cards – Redeem promotional or Amazon gift card codes directly from the app
- Preview – Listen to a 30-second sample before buying
- Parental Control – Adjust the explicit content control settings
Currently the Amazon MP3 app is available to US users from the BlackBerry App World Test Center at this link and you can find more info at www.blackberry.com/amazonmp3. The only other catch is that the app only works with OS 5.0+.
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