Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that its renamed BlackBerry World store will feature movies and music content from most of the leading publishers and labels. While movie download and rentals will only be available in the US, UK and Canada, RIM will offer its music store in 18 countries, including India. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31Also Read - BlackBerry to kill paid apps from its app store
RIM says it has agreements for DRM-free music with major and independent music labels like 4AD Records, Domino Recording Company, finetunes, Matador Records, [PIAS] Entertainment Group, Rough Trade Records, Sony Music Entertainment, The Orchard, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, XL Recordings and Zebralution. The music store will be available in Canada, USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. Also Read - WhatsApp stops working on these smartphones
The BlackBerry maker has not revealed pricing information, which we are likely to hear about during the global launch of BlackBerry 10 tomorrow. However, having a complete content offering is an important part of the experience. Nokia started the trend in India by launching its Music Store a couple of years ago and bundled free all-you-can-eat music subscriptions along with some of its devices, something it still does with its Lumia and Asha devices. Apple too recently launched its iTunes store in India and offers music as well as movies that can be either bought or renter. Samsung has tied up with Hungama to offer music but has a limited portfolio of around 300,000 tracks.