With less than 24 hours to go for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in India, BlackBerry has made its music store live for India. The store will offer BlackBerry users a single store-front to buy legal music. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India beta now available for download: Here's the first look
A quick peek into the store suggests that there are limited tracks at the moment, with almost no local content. However, it is possible that BlackBerry is still updating the catalogue before officially announcing it at its launch event tomorrow. Comparing a few common songs on iTunes and BlackBerry World suggests that BlackBerry pricing is comparatively higher than Apple’s. Adele’s 21, which is being highlighted on the home page costs Rs 250 on BlackBerry but just Rs 120 on iTunes. Individual tracks from the album cost Rs 30 on BlackBerry and Rs 15 on iTunes. Also Read - Unable to download Battlegrounds Mobile India beta? Know this and when you can download
Another thing we noticed is that users can only open the tracks on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone and it can be downloaded on a maximum of five BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The latter part is still ok, considering even iTunes can be authorized on a limited number of PCs/Macs but the numbers being DRM-protected is a let down. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India open beta version released: How to download
But let’s not jump the gun over here and we hope to get more answers on the store front at BlackBerry’s launch event tomorrow.
Thanks AJ for the tip!