RIM doesn’t have a music solution like iTunes and it should actually stay that way. By leaving the content market open, RIM is allowing third parties to cash in and build innovative music apps. The BlackBerry itself is a great music player that allows you to drop your own music on it, but the device needs a lot more space than what a MicroSD card can fit to allow for more music. This is why a good cloud-based solution works best.
In the above demo, we see what the 7Digital Music Store will offer on the PlayBook. Some of the main features of this app include:
- 7digital Music Store offers over 13 million songs, and tracks are available at prices starting as low as $0.79 with bitrates up to 320 kbps (DRM free).
- Content is stored in the cloud via a digital music locker for easy portability across devices and to help against accidental loss.
- 7digital Music Store includes a recommendation engine that features content based upon recent browsing and purchase activity.
Also mentioned on Inside BlackBerry, is the fact that the BlackBerry Podcast app will be coming to the PlayBook. Features of this app include:
- The BlackBerry Podcasts app for the BlackBerry PlayBook includes 19 content categories, ranging from sports to entertainment to business, including popular content such as the New Yorker and Ask A Ninja podcasts.
- BlackBerry Podcasts allow users to preview an episode before downloading or subscribing to it, and it automatically downloads new podcasts for subscribed channels.