Rumored Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry App Mentioned in Leaked RIM Document
A leaked RIM document mentions the rumored Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry app, suggesting the software could be released soon.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
The last time we heard about the rumored Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones mobile application was in late September, just before Research In Motion’s (RIM) third annual BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon), when the Wall Street Journal reported that RIM was preparing to unveil the app during DevCon.
That never happened, but leaked RIM release notes for a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software update refer to the “Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones” app, suggesting the Amazon music app could be close to a release.
Details on the Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry app are sparse at this point, but such an application could serve as an iTunes Store of sorts for the BlackBerry, which is increasingly competing with consumer-oriented devices like Apple’s iPhone and Google Android handhelds. BlackBerry-compatible music stores and applications already exist, including 7Digital, but none have the name recognition of Amazon.com. An Amazon.com BlackBerry app is also available for download already, but the Amazon MP3 software will presumably be music or media specific.
RIM’s BES 5.0.3 release notes call Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry a “RIM Value Added Application,” and the document specifies that BlackBerry administrators will be able to disable the app via BES. The release notes also mention that Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry will work on RIM smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5.0 or higher, so it won’t be restricted to RIM’s latest OS, BlackBerry 6.
BES 5.0.3 is expected within the coming months–a select group of RIM BES customer are already testing a beta version–so it stands to reason that Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry could arrive sooner than later.
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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.