I am not sure why RIM limited this Beta Zone update of BBM Music to Canadians but hopefully a larger rollout is coming. This new v1.1 improves upon quite a bit of the apps features including some much needed usability tweaks. RIM really needs to keep on improving the app and service especially now that it is free in the US for 4 months!
Here is the change log scored by TwistMyMind @BBOS:
What’s new in BBM Music 1.1?:
- Ability to Request a Gift – Users can ask their BBM Contacts for a subscription to BBM Music.
- Added Notifications – Splat notifications to continue free trials and prior to first subscription charge
- Integration with BBM ‘Show what I’m listening to’ – Playing songs in BBM Music will update BBM Status if ‘Show what I’m listening to’ is selected within BBM (Requires BBM 6.1)
- Server side search improvements for new releases and popular content
- Invites via Twitter and Facebook
- Visible cues to add contacts at application start
- Searching contacts by name
- Sorting contacts by listens and recent updates
- Improved “Add Songs” dialog
- Improved playlist creation process
- Improved performance throughout the app
- Bug fixes