Mobile phone maker and app developer BlackBerry announced yesterday that they will be discontinuing their popular BBM Music streaming service, even though the service is just under two years old.
In a mail sent to BlackBerry Music users, the mobile phone company confirmed that the service will be shut down on 2 June 2013, with April being the last month that users will be charged for making use of the service.
“BBM Music service will be discontinued as of June 2, 2013. For paying customers, April is the last month that you will be billed. In May, as your BBM contacts stop using the service, songs in your playlists will begin to turn grey and will no longer be available,” BlackBerry said in the mail.
But BlackBerry has given its users an alternative, as they directed music lovers to online streaming station Rdio. “Though BBM Music is going away, you can still listen to great music on your BlackBerry. We’re giving you a 30-day pass to Rdio, which gives you unlimited, on-demand access to more than 18 million songs, including the latest hits and classic albums.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor