BBM Music goes official in the UK

Like music? Like sharing? Have a BlackBerry? You might want to check out BBM Music

Remember BBM Music – RIM's on-the-go music streaming service that was announced in closed beta back in August? It's just gone live – and Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony are on board, providing the soundtrack for RIM's bid to take on the likes of Spotify and We7.

If you need a little reminder as to what's on offer, BBM Music is a subscription-based music service with a strong focus on music sharing with your BBM-loving pals.

Once you've set up your own profile, you can get started building your BBM Music community. Your personal library can house up to 50 tracks – which sounds limited, we know, but you can swap out 25 of those tracks for new ones each month. You can also share your 50 track-strong library with your friends and vice versa.

In short, the more friends you have in your Community, the bigger your shared music library becomes. So it relies quite heavily on you having an army of friends using the service in order to maximise the number of available tracks.

Tracks can be listened to in full or downloaded for offline listening, but music cannot be transferred to other devices. Additional features include playlists – a combination of yours and your friend's music collection – which you can comment on. You can also track who's sampling your music tastes and pore over a visual timeline so you can keep a beady eye on what your friends are up to.

Speculation for the launch of the socially-orientated service was a little off the mark with a purported September release date – but now it's official, BBM Music will set you back £4.99 a month for the privilege.

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