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Amazon MP3 Store for BlackBerry Beta App Now Available!

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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.

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‘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+.

Let us know what you think!

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  1. not available on a verizon 9650……boooo

    • Interesting. App World says it is available for the 9650 and I can’t imagine it’s a Verizon restriction because it’s running fine on my Verizon 9530. Kinda ticks me off the Tour 9630 isn’t on the list though.

  2. Just downloaded mine I will give it a shot.

  3. It would be nice if it allowed for supplemental download to a PC. It would be convenient to eliminate the need to transfer any downloads to my PC from the BB.

    • Hi, I am hoping you can help me, I have a blackberry style and I downloaded Amazon MP3 and have acquired a nice library of music on my phone. BUT I would love to transfer it to my pc so I can listen to it at home from computer. I downloaded the sprint desktop software but I only see a feature which lets me transfer from PC to BB; but I want to go from BB to PC, can you help me?

      • If you turn on Mass Storage Mode on your BlackBerry, and install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software on your PC (for the drivers), once you connect BlackBerry to PC your BlackBerry should appear as a drive on the PC. Copy music from that drive to your PC (My Music folder?).

        Hope that helps.

  4. I got another Error Message while trying to open app. It’s probably my OS. Anyone having issues running app using 9780 running OS 6.0.0.359??

  5. “9800” is listed under “Supported Devices”. And that is ????

  6. Was this pulled for the Bold 9650? It says the Bold 9650 on OS 5 is supported, but in App World, I saw no “Download” button, only Reviews, Recommend, and Screenshots.

    It also says, “This application is not available on your device or for your carrier.” My 9650 on Sprint and cplush’s 9650 on Verizon.

  7. Ok, I was able to get it working on my 8900 but not my 9780 – I think my issue is with my leak OS.

    It’s nice

  8. Thanks for your post, Ronen. Alex from RIM here. We’re glad you’re excited about the Amazon MP3 app, too. Not only can you share your favorite music picks on BBM, but friends on Facebook® and Twitter® can also check out what you’re listening to on your BlackBerry. (Personally, I enjoy sharing my thoughts on the free song of the day.) Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the app…

  9. Any news for the 9650? Still not able to download from App World.

  10. I imagine it’s an Amazon restriction the app can’t overcome, but when I go to Amazon MP3 store I see dozens of free songs, but the app only offers me one per day.

    • So I’ve found a little workaround for this. If you browse the Amazon MP3 store from your PC you can see hundreds of free songs and albums. But the BlackBerry app doesn’t give you a way to easily browse for those free songs. So you find it on your PC and then use the app’s search feature to type in the name (by title, album, or artist) and voila you can download that free music in the app!

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