BlackBerrys To Get Their Own Music Service
March 13, 2008 at 6:09 AM (PT)
While BLACKBERRY devices have been praised for their functionality, only recently have they begun cracking the "snazzy" barrier. Next month, the venerable communicators will have one more thing in common with iPODS, reports BETANEWS. Downloadable music for the RESEARCH IN MOTION BLACKBERRY device was announced today from CANADIAN online music provider PURETRACKS, to be available next month at the CTIQ WIRELESS show.
The announcement was made and the service was demonstrated at the SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST music festival in AUSTIN.
While PURETRACKS service uses the MICROSOFT DRM, service for the BLACKBERRY will be DRM-free, the company said, meaning users can move the music to other locations, including burning it onto a CD.
PURETRACKS already has agreements in place with UNIVERSAL, SONY BMG, WARNER, EMI, and independent music producers, for a total of two million songs. But thus far, only EMI has signed on to provide DRM-free music, said PURETRACKS COO ANDREA ZIEGLER, though she hopes a second major label will sign on before APRIL 1st.