By Stephen Schenck | July 15, 2011 7:23 PM
Apple, Android, and Windows Phone users may have (or will soon be getting) their own cloud-based music systems, but what’s a BlackBerry owner to do to keep entertained? A new rumor says RIM may be working on two upcoming ways to discover music, a subscription-based service, and a peer-to-peer app based around BlackBerry Messenger.
Details are sparse, but supposedly the P2P system will be called BBM Music and allow you to distribute songs and playlists amongst your BBM contacts. Obviously, there will need some sort of licensing system or DRM implementation (can’t re-share tracks you got from someone else, for example) to prevent rampant piracy, but we haven’t heard yet just what RIM is thinking.
The subscription system would reportedly cost users about $5 a month, giving them access to a RIM’s library of music. Whether this will involve streaming or tracks to download, we can’t say right now, but talk of a 50-song limit has us thinking it might be the latter. Hopefully we’ll learn more about this and BBM Music in the coming weeks.