Introducing BlackBerry Radio (Select Beta)

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Later today, select BlackBerry Beta Zone users in the United States will get the opportunity to test out an upcoming radio discovery app, BlackBerry® Radio, and provide feedback to help us perfect it. This app will put multiple mobile radio services at your fingertips with no set-up and no cost for the beta user beyond their standard data plan costs.

BlackBerry Radio is not a traditional radio app, but instead works with multiple radio apps to make the process of finding and listening to radio on a BlackBerry® smartphone quicker, easier and more integrated by presenting a sampling of services from some of our most popular partners.

Here are four things you should know about BlackBerry Radio:

1. Simple discovery

With BlackBerry Radio, you can access popular digital radio services from one place. For example, users can choose from preset genre-based radio channels provided by popular radio services. BlackBerry Radio features a combination of Internet radio (including Slacker) and terrestrial radio (including Clear Channel, Corus, and others). Music discovery from within BlackBerry Radio is also simple, as you can choose from a variety of genres like Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz and more, with just one click.

2. Easy access to radio apps for more stations and features

If you really enjoy the channels provided by Slacker, for example, you can easily download their premium radio app at any time from within BlackBerry Radio.

3. Seamless integration into the BlackBerry Media Experience

While listening to music streams from participating radio partners, users in the US will have quick access to the recently launched Amazon MP3 storefront to purchase songs currently playing. Users can also access BlackBerry Radio at any time from within the music menu on their BlackBerry smartphone.

4. Trying services out – for no additional cost!

With BlackBerry Radio, you will be able to sample all of the various preset stations even if you aren’t subscribed to the partner service(s).

For now, this app is only available to beta testers in the US, but we’ll keep you posted once this app is available for all to enjoy. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up to become a BlackBerry Beta Zone user to try out BlackBerry Radio and other great beta apps.

What’s your favorite BlackBerry Radio service? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I wish someone would figure out local stations. The only thing I hate about these digital radio stations is they take it to the next century forgetting this one. I would like to be able to listen to a local station no matter where in the world I am. As well include your next generations services. There are a couple out there but none of them fill in all the pieces. Lets hope this will bridge the gap between all these applications.

    • Real Radio Fan

      I totally agree with you Caspan. Apparently, those working in the digital and electronics world only ‘think’ in those terms and want to exclude traditional radio stations who stream their content online. I listen to my local radio stations – why? Because they’re in my community, they’re part of my community and they give me information about my local community. The ‘price’ I pay is to listen (or not) to the commercials (although with public radio or HD Radio multicast channels I get few or no commercials). My favorite radio station here in the DC area is Mix 107.3 (WRQX-FM). Would love to be able to listen to them or Baltimore public radio station WTMD-FM (no commercials, eclectic rock mix) on my Blackberry.

      There’s an old cliche that says ‘don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

      Not everyone listens to Pandora or Slacker…….some of us (239 million per week, as a matter of fact) still like to listen to ‘regular’ radio -it’s be nice to have that on the phone – the one device that allows me to carry ‘everything’ with me.

    • Greg

      It would also be nice if they allowed submissions from stream operators like Nokia does with their radio application.

  • Scuebydue

    Disappointing as usual. Must own a Torch 9800, Bold 9780, or Style 9670. There are more 9650 users across more carriers. Lame

  • Troymkloor

    why is this not offered for 9700 users? If it’s because the device has to have OS6, there is an official release for the 9700 as well as all the leaked versions. RIM is being short sighted by not allowing this to be beta tested by 9700 users.

  • http://www.berryfication.com/ rezn

    This looks like it’s going to really popular. I’d love to access music like this. And the integration into the Amazon MP3 application is genius.

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    I have just one word for this…Neat…!!

    With the combining the conventional to make something unconventional, RIM has really done a plausible job.

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    One remark, but can be added to all the software description: please mention the data transport way (if it is fixed data only / fixed BIS/BES only / fixed WiFi, or if it is selectible as combination of the three, or specified two.
    I would like to know, as in some parts of world the BIS transport is being paid by a lump sum, and all the data going through regular traffic have to be paid seperately, e.g. per amount of data transfered. So before installation it is good to know that.

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  • http://www.okemosbrewing.com Dan Kelley

    I’m got a 9700 and have been using the RadioTime app for a few months now and am very happy with it. Just came out in October…and best of all, its free:

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    Wow this is going to be amazing, i would love to use this.

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