An on-device iTunes music store of sorts for BlackBerry smartphone users, Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry aims to give users on-the-go access to all of their favorite music and musicians. The app’s not the first media application of its type—think: 7Digital–but none of the existing apps/services have the name recognition or user base of Amazon.com. Amazon.com shopping and Kindle apps are also available for BlackBerry.
Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry lets users search Amazon music by what’s popular, what is new and via genre. It allows for 30-second song previews before purchases. The app works over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. And it highlights daily free-song and album deals. The majority of songs seem to be priced between $0.99 and $1.29.
The app requires 610KB of application memory, so you’ll need a media card if you’re using a BlackBerry with no built-in storage, and it only works on BlackBerrys running RIM’s BlackBerry 5 OS or higher.
I haven’t spent too much time with the app yet, beyond downloading a couple of songs, one free, and browsing a bit. But the app’s UI looks a lot like RIM’s BlackBerry App World—which is a good thing. And it integrates nicely with your BlackBerry media application so you can quickly and easily jump from the Amazon app to your on-device music collection.
The Amazon MP3 app is a welcome addition to the BlackBerry platform, and I’m a frequent Amazon.com buyer, so I can see getting quite a bit of user out of this new software.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.