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RIM fires up BBM Music for the UK: MP3 mixtapes meet instant messaging

Alongside the recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 comes word that BBM Music has finally launched in the UK.

The social-music-messager lets you listen to and play a friend’s library of 50 songs, as well as your own 50 favourite tunes. The main idea behind BBM Music that the more friends you add, the more music you’ll be able to access as part of your growing ‘BBM Music Community’ as RIM puts it.

You can swap up to 25 songs a month to keep things fresh, although this of course means that friends following you might miss your impeccably-put-together Prince and Celine Dion lists. Of course the social aspect of BBM Music means that if friends really rate your music tastes, they can message you and ask you not to swap those songs.

BBM Music features a catalogue of music from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI, giving you access to “millions” of songs. No word on exactly how many you’ll get, but we imagine that most tastes will be served well.

BBM Music is free for two months, after which it costs £4.99 a month for access. The app is available to download now for free from the BlackBerry App World, for devices running BlackBerry OS 5 and above.

Roughly half the price of Spotify Premium, BBM Music is an attractive offer and we like the social chat element. A Spotify for BlackBerry app is in the works as well, giving the BlackBerry platform a much needed boost in the mobile music stakes.