BBM Music updated to version

By Jared DiPane on 22 Dec 2011 01:11 pm EST

BBM Music 

Earlier this week we saw a BBM Music beta hit that was only available to Canadians but luckily for the rest of us this update has rolled out officially and version is ready for your downloading pleasure. This update brought a slew of new features to the table, such as the ability to request a subscription from a BBM contact, send invites via Twitter and Facebook, and much more. If you are a current subscriber be sure to hit the link below and grab the update, and if you are not currently a BBM Music user be sure to sign up before January 4, 2012 to get 4 months free. Full list of improvements available after the break!

More information / download of BBM Music

What's new in BBM Music 1.1?:

Payment Enhancements

  • Ability to Request a Gift – Users can ask their BBM Contacts for a subscription to BBM Music.
  • Added Notifications – Splat notifications to continue free trials and prior to first subscription charge
  • Integration with BBM ‘Show what I’m listening to’ - Playing songs in BBM Music will update BBM Status if ‘Show what I’m listening to’ is selected within BBM (Requires BBM 6.1)
Search improvements
  • Server side search improvements for new releases and popular content
Usability improvements
  • Invites via Twitter and Facebook
  • Visible cues to add contacts at application start
  • Searching contacts by name
  • Sorting contacts by listens and recent updates
  • Improved “Add Songs” dialog
  • Improved playlist creation process
  • Improved performance throughout the app
  • Bug fixes
Subscription Gift Requests

You can now make a Gift Request when your trial completely expires. This lets you ask one of your BBM contacts to pay for your subscription, and allows users without a payment method to easily subscribe

Here's how:
  • When your trial expires, initiate a gift request from Options > Account Info > Gift Request
  • Select the BBM contact you want to request the gift from
  • Your contact will receive the request
  • Your contact enter their payment info, and the payment is processed
  • You receive confirmation of the gift
  • You enjoy free music for 30 days

Invite Friends via Text Message and Social Networks

You can now invite friends to BBM Music via text message, Twitter, and Social Feeds! It's easy!

  • Navigate to the Friends tab
  • Select “Add Contact”
  • Social Feeds invites can be posted to BBM, Facebook, Twitter, or Windows Live Messenger. You must have Social Feeds installed with your OS in order to use the Social Feeds feature.
‘Show What I’m Listening To’ Integration

BBM Music 1.1 is integrated with the ‘Show what I’m listening to’ feature in BBM 6.1.

  • In BBM 6.1, view your BBM profile
  • Select the checkbox
  • Any music played in BBM Music 1.1 will show as your status message in BBM 6.1

Topics: BBM Apps

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Reader comments

BBM Music updated to version


Any idea how many paying subscribers it has now?

Don't really use BBM much anymore so for me I don't see this as a big plus, but I could see where anyone with a big group of friends might enjoy it.

There is quite alot now. Also no contact I have on BBM music is a BBM contact. RIM did a bad job explaining this but you can request contacts with in BB music.

Yeah. Definitely don't focus on coming out with new phones. I would definitely spend as much time and effort updating the most useless, irrelevant, unused, music app out there. For the one guy who uses BBM Music (ie the CEO of BB) it will now crash, less. Forget massive dropoff in market share. BBM Music must be up to date!!!

Are you seriously this bitter? How can you assume that just because they updated the bbm music app that they are ignoring the upcoming phones?

So what you are suggesting is that RIM stop investing into their current customers in order to build a platform that still isn't proven to increase their following? It makes no sense. I love Blackberry Music and it is now the only platform that I use. I also love my 9930 eventhough I'm going through some freezing up issues.

You seriously need a hug.

I have been using BBM Music for over 1 month now and have over 200 connections and over 4000 songs I can listen to. None of these people were from my BBM list. Anyone with a Blackberry can connect to me. It is a fantastic and sticky service. I have been discovering new and re-discovering old favourites through my contacts and building up a huge favourite playlist. Judging from the activity and positive comments and status' of my contacts many many many users love BBM Music. I think it is a great service to keep people active on their berries other than email. It could also serve to retain BB users who might think twice before switching to another platform and not have BBM Music.

In Australia we don't get the 4 months free subscription.

I downloaded BBM Music when it became available to Aus in November, and we only got 1 month free, even though other countries got 2 months free.

Now - after loading this update we don't get any extra free time.

We have to pay ..... THAT SUCKS!!!

Been using it for a while now 442 contact over 8300 songs. I have set up a number of playlist but mostly use one with over 700 songs in it (random play). At 5 bucks a month seems to be a good deal to me.

This update locks up my Torch 9800 completely. I downloaded the update and installed it. When I agree the the addendum my phone freezes solid. Not sure what I can do about it. The biggest disappointment is that I am actually paying for BBM service now.

My 9800 completely froze on me as well. Once the download completed it just sat there frozen, screen on, at the Installing screen for 10+ minutes. I eventually gave up and reset the phone.

The second attempt at installing froze as well, but I just left it. Eventually it finished, despite having been completely frozen for seemingly ever. It also froze the first time launching the program - right after agreeing to the TOS and connecting with BBM. After a few minutes or so it came back to life.

Thankfully it works OK now! And has been fine ever since. I was a bit worried when it initially froze as I hadn't done a backup in over a month.

Uninstalled and reinstalled and still no action. All I want for Christmas in my BBM music playlists back.