BlackBerry shutting down music and video stores on July 21st

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By Adam Zeis on 18 Jun 2014 11:09 am EDT
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In addition to the big announcement today that the Amazon App Store will be coming to BlackBerry 10 later this year, BlackBerry also dropped word that they'll be shutting down their music and video stores on July 21st. Any media that you've already purchased (including music, movies and TV shows) will continue to be available, you just won't be able to purchase new content.

The Amazon App Store and BlackBerry World will both have third-party offerings for music and videos, so there will still be plenty of options after things go dark.

In addition to the greater selection of apps, you will be able to access video and music services through a number of popular third party services available through the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World. While BlackBerry World will continue to offer music and video services via third party applications – again giving you more choices for your valued content — we will be closing the music and video sections of our store on July 21st. Don't worry! Previously downloaded content will be available after that date through MyWorld.

So for those of you that had a big attachment to the BlackBerry World music and video stores — we're sorry. But don't fret because you'll still have plenty of alternatives come the fall.

240 comments

Hale Kim

Yay for Amazon being good option for songs, video, and apps.

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masterful

Amazon is pretty good at their media content

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BerryRipe

Yes I miss the Amazon Mp3 app from legacy devices. I was able to get free music at times, BlackBerry World never has free music!

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Bla1ze

It doesn't say though that you're getting Amazon content. It says

"you will be able to access video and music services through a number of popular third party services available through the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World"

Which I take as you'll have access to apps which will work such Spotify, Rdio, Netflix for video etc etc for example. If one of those apps happens to be say Prime Music, well.. so be it.

It doesn't say "you'll now have access to Amazon's media library"

moyjoy

The free music in the past was from promotions they'd have now and again. This was pre-Prime.

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DoryGuy

Amazon is all about the sale, they won't miss this chance to sell you media.

Bla1ze

Hahaha! True. Everything they sell is solely based on a reason to sell you more things.

BBZ10wannabe

Blaz1ze,

You need Kevin to relinquish the coveted "shaded" comment boxes so that people know you are the man in charge now and not some regular Joe Schmo ;)

mehofmann

Will amazon now also offer native BlackBerry apps? Only stands to reason that BlackBerry World morphs into the amazon app store as a dual arrangement. It could be billed as BlackBerry World powered by Amazon and/or vice versa.

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jem9777

I highly doubt it. That's the only way this announcement would have been palatable to me, is if Amazon either made native Amazon Music/Video/Kindle apps or became the content provider in BlackBerry World. Instead, we get neither.

Sad thing is, BlackBerry could have made money on music and video if they were committed to it. But they did it sort of half-hearted and outsourced the back end and never promoted it, and now BlackBerry will be the only major smartphone platform without access to this content built in.

Zaba76

Where BlackBerry went wrong is when they used 7digital but wouldn't tie BlackBerry world into existing 7digital accounts. ie I couldn't access my playbook music, or music purchased on my pc, via BlackBerry world. Even though all 3 were under the same user email and with 7digital. I spoke to 7Digital about this and they basically said it was out of there hands and a BlackBerry decision, and gave me the details to complain to BlackBerry about it.

To be honest I don't get the app-gap thing, as far as I see it there may be some key apps missing (like Netflix, which I don't use anyway)... but there's a lot of trash apps aimed at kids in play store. I had this issue with Microsoft store for my surface... it was hard to spend my a £25 voucher without buying music or videos. if I had a £25 BlackBerry App voucher it'd be spent in minutes!

I have amazon appstore installed, i find nothing of value. And I am a pro amazon consumer! I should probably have shares for what I spend with them! The layout and promotion of apps in BlackBerry world is far better. And most apps I find through those promotions, friends, a need to complete a specific task or crackberry reviews.

Amazon mp3 for android is installed on my phone already via the amazon app store (which is simple to install), a native version of amazon mp3 which saves my cloud music to sd card would be awesome.

Selling android apps via BlackBerry world so that all apps are in one place would be good... especially if the android apps were 'BB10 tested' - not quite 'built for BlackBerry' but a sign that an app should work. Even better if only apps that are tested would be sold in the first place.

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BBjer

It's only fair to assume this was part of the deal.. silent part albeit.

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arfin

That's what in thinking too, and I'm also going to assume we will be able to buy music /movies maybe even ebooks via Amazon store now

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Craigash

So the question is. I'm a huge fan of buying films from BlackBerry World. When 10.3 is released and this all takes effect. Will we be able to go into the Amazon App store and purchase a video as we already are doing in BlackBerry World.

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bambinoitaliano

Not like they were selling like hot cakes on BBW.

BBjer

That metaphor is overused on Crackberry. Stick a fork in it.

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The_Dark_Knight_Forever

Why? Is it not profitable enough to continue?

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Soulstream

Probably not. I also think it was part of the deal with Amazon: "You give us your store OFICIALLY and we let you sell your stuff OFICIALLY on BB10."

The_Dark_Knight_Forever

That would make sense.

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mehofmann

Correct. Amazon has the largest reach of any online e-tailer. Having a working relationship with their servers, and e-tailing is a no brainer.

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KarlosSpicyWienr

Reading between the lines, this is exactly what happened. Hopefully is for the better.

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sk8er_tor

I have a feeling it was part of the agreement. Give us apps and we'll push music/video/books to you. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Kindle app pre-loaded on BB10 soon.

deltact

A native Kindle app would be nice.

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niss63

Now you're dreamin'.

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randall2580

Native Prime Video and Music wouldn't be a bad thing either...

Kostas Aspiotis

Or a kindle tablet with bb10!!

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Thunderbuck

Problem is, no music or video outside the US. Rest of the world gets boned...

mjdimer

Very true

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za_berry

Exactly. With Indonesia and South Africa more supportive of BlackBerry we lose out. Although we never really.had movies from.BlackBerry, just music.

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chaosdivine

Not with the sky high prices BlackBerry was trying to ram down customer's throats. Case in point, the picture of the movie 300 above. Would YOU pay $19.99 for that? I'm also not a proponent of digital downloads either and this situation highlights that preference. I'm old school and prefer to actually own a physical copy of my media that I can do what I wish with (lend, rip to put on many devices, etc.) If a studio decides to shut down their services, with physical media, there is zero customer impact. Granted in this case BB says they will let you still have access to your media, but for how long? Unless you have some kind of contract in writing...I wouldn't bet on it being forever.

Thunderbuck

Same price iTunes is charging for purchase...

chaosdivine

I wouldn't know since I don't "do" Apple anything. But regardless, that doesn't make these extreme prices justified when I could buy a physical DVD for the same price if not cheaper. Blu Ray's might even be close to this price...but I still own the disc.

Kuldeep Yadav

That's the right move, focus on apps!

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masterful

Second that

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Nigelbrown

Makes sense, no need for another place to get music / video...finally! Cut those costs! Amazon has a better selection, and a Prime membership is looking good right now :)

mehofmann

Plus online cloud storage...

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The Aficionado

It means it wasn't profitable. Myself, I frequently check the apps, I occasionally buy music, and never videos.

I guess they are letting amazon handle this part too

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Thunderbuck

No. BlackBerry World will still be there for native BB10 apps.

And the deal with Amazon is for their Android APP STORE, not for music/movies. We're left on our own to find apps for those (though at least we'll be able to get Netflix as an Amazon app).

the_real_mikeyb

So when is 10.3 landing? In July? We need a date!!!

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masterful

October i heard

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Matty

November 12th, remember reading about that somewhere.

lchampagnie

How does BlackBerry profit from this? Is this going to be a revenue share?

Eitot

It begs the question whether BlackBerry World is profitable in the first place.

qwerty4ever

At best BlackBerry will earn a percentage of sales. At worst the man from California is preparing consumer users of BlackBerry for a post-BlackBerry reality. Nothing this company does makes any sense. Chen may as well put a bullet in the head of the company and bury it without fanfare. Combine this announcement with 10.3 being the last update for "legacy" BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the writing is on wall my friends.

alan510

Getting close to the only thing left for this once important Canadian company is a transfer of its remaining few employees to California. Good for the shareholders I guess.

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seascape

You guys don't know what you are talking about. There was no "announcement" about 10.3 being the "final" update for the initial BB10 handsets.

BionicKris

I never saw anything about that either. That cannot be true.

Lovin' BB10!

leehardballer12

.....if only I had a dime for every time I've heard this the past 3 to 4 years..... ;-)

pididipop

The headline sounds so negative, but actually good news with Amazon music and movies becoming available.

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qwerty4ever

You do not know if Amazon movies and music are coming to BlackBerry smartphones.

sk8er_tor

Amazon would not have agreed to this contract otherwise. Amazon's core business is to sell books, songs, movies, content, etc.

Prem WatsApp

They will want to monetize this opportunity.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

pididipop

I agree...don't know for sure but sounds very logical.

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Bla1ze

I've only ever bought one song on BlackBerry World and that was the song from the Super bowl commercial lol.

kdklein

I've not ever bought a song, I have rented and bought movies in BB World for plane rides, hopefully we have a good way to do that going forward, amazon or otherwise.

Atmarix

I've bought almost 20 movies.... the 99c ones lmfao

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Douken

Maybe that sale was the one that they used to say... is this working or not?

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AppReview

Same here. Watch them all stop working!

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pgg101

Me too!

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milo53

Super Bowl song? Yuk.

TheScionicMan

That commercial was so completely forgettable, that I couldn't remember the song if you had a gun to my head.

My only recollections are rubber ducks and OMG, what were they thinking...

IamLadyK

Will BlackBerry receive a % of the sales? I've never purchased music or videos from Amazon. Is the Amazon content DRM free and will the videos play using HDMI, Miracast, etc.?

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leehardballer12

This is what I would like to know. While I won't pay $19.99 for a movie, I have purchased several for 99 cents and a show here and there. High quality content as far as I'm concerned. I hope the quality is there with any replacements....does this apply to Video Store on the PlayBook as well, or just BB10?

rennardd

Never used it anyway. I have an account with 7digital and had it for years.

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scalemaster34

What happens to any DRM protected content that people purchased?

Think in the long run it is good for BlackBerry users and in the short term from BlackBerry. Really doubt there is going to be any revenue sharing going on... Amazon is the one in control here, BlackBerry needs them much more than Amazon needs a few million possible customers.

bizzyqu

I really like amazon, I hope for a strong partnership between them and BlackBerry

Wolf35Nine

Still think they should revamp BBM music and integrate it in cross platform BBM. Model BBM music after other services such aas slacker, Pandora or Songza. And yes my Q10 has the double "aa" issue. That issue is for another post.

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Martouz918

Same here double typing issue on my q10 :-(

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BBUK14

BlackBerry need to get BBM to work properly and consistently before they go adding more stuff that will bug up.

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The_Dark_Knight_Forever

Not to get off subject but I've got a problem with my Q10 that I haven't figured out. Sometime when I'm typing out a message, I press the "sym" key for the special characters but the on-screen keyboard doesn't come up. The only way I can get it to work mid message is if I tap on the screen & then the on-screen keyboard shows up with the special characters. I didn't have this problem until I updated to 10.1. However, I have yet to suffer the dreaded double letter type you referred to.

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Prem WatsApp

Same here, that sym key "kinda" gets stuck, but not physically. Takes a very long time to come up.

One solution is to leave the current app, go to something like BBM or Remember, open a chat or an new note and press it again to type a symbol .... usually fixed it for me.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Puz_zled

Like it!

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tlegend2012

I think Chen doesn't want to spend time and money for something that's already in market and offers a lot more. I think this guy knows his stuff

Wolf35Nine

You may be right. If those third parties ever change their mind about supporting BlackBerry who is impacted the most?

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bmoney1229

Personally I never bought a single audio/video file from BBW. I always used other methods mostly because I forgot music and video were available. I can see BlackBerry bringing these options back someday, but maybe with options built into the media player for easier access

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reggwick

Amazon music & video services finally coming to Canada?

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Rolf Hed

Maybe that was meant with the "third party" caveat, since Amazon media aren't available in a lot of countries? Hopefully the third-party offerings will be decent... :-/

Pete Jennings

7digital.com should make an app for BB10! Always used them on my 9900

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jdcfinisher

Closing the stores is probably part of the deal to get better amazon integrated , I would be surprised if it wasn't. Hopefully the Kindle app will work better in the future. I've installed / uninstalled BlackBerry and android versions over 8 times. Some wouldn't open others take awhile to open . Kobo works fine on my Z10.

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allannaylor99

Im so not happy!

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zamboni08

I love this move! And the Amazon announcement! Start with devs making their app work with bbry through droid integration in bbry - next step is native.

theRock1975

Makes sense.

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j8298c

This is a good move for blackberry plus if your a prime subscriber you have a limited but yet free alternative to beats and spotify glad to see blackberry making the right moves again.

Martouz918

This is not a good sign.. what's next to close?

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Martouz918

With you :p lol

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ibpluto

I buy music through BBW all the time, it was nice to be able to charge through the carrier .... I thought it was 7 digital anyway? Confused by this information

Bla1ze

It is.. long story short, the partnership with 7D is over and you can now rely on apps to purchase content from wherever.. Heck, you may be able use the 7D app if you want too.

ibpluto

Adding one more layer for people who haven't a clue how to use their phones...not clever. Now have to find an app, create an account, drop CC info. Not happy about this announcement IMO

scrapmetal58

Agreed. What will they shut down next?

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mamat7055

Support all world or just US, Canada etc?

I don't need all app on the store, I just want top app only. End of BlackBerry

R.I.P BlackBerry :(

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gatorboi352

Lots of misinformation in these comments. Read closer, folks.

"you will be able to access video and music services through a number of popular third party services available through the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World"

Doesn't exactly sound like Amazon's services, now does it?

jd914

Blind enthusiasm usually leads to disregarding facts.

Rolf Hed

Great point--I noticed that too.

Maybe this will become clearer, but most people on here are "beggars to their own demise" anyhow unfortunately... :-(

CDM76

Not much surprise here. Was barely used and essentially a cost cow. Smart decision. Shouldn't have ever been started.

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Prem WatsApp

I loved it!

Bought some music every now and then, good selection for me, and the best was it's DRM free and accessible straight in BBW without giving anyone else CC details.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

mania626

I see some people complaining about this deal and I go like "wao",i mean right now we have exactly the same situation if not worst than when this deal goes into effect,people have to first side load snap in order to get their Android apps in their phones, that won't be a problem anymore once the amazon app is available (hopefully a native one),not only that I'm pretty sure that blackberry will optimize the runtime so it will run almost flawless in our phones once 10.3 drops,also bbworld will get rid of all that non native garbage that we have right now and concentrate on helping the true developers,so this is a great thing for everybody if you think about it.

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niss63

You do know that the Amazon app has already been working on BlackBerry 10 for months right?

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scrapmetal58

This article is about the music and video store.

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rockivy

And this poster is talking about an App that is available now to use on 10.2.1

From my Zed 30 running 10.2.1.2102

scrapmetal58

Hence my comment...

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BBrickk

I was never a fan of watching movies or listening to music on my phone. So be it!

DoryGuy

Now we can only hope that Amazon announces that their new phone runs BB10!..... a yeah right, that would mean paying for something when there is a free alternative and the Amazon DNA is never pay for anything you can get for free.

MrGabriel

This Amazon app better be native and have access to all my Amazon Prime stuff. Just saying.

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sjmartin007

Are we getting the amazon music stream service ?

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Bla1ze

You can have it now if you wish. The APK works on BB10 as is.

Puz_zled

That' s what I'm not clear about. Can't we already access all the Amazon stuff we want? What's different except less choice for us with BlackBerry World shutting that Avenue to Music and Videos?

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D_March

I have the amazon music app on my BB Z10. Amazon contacted me and requested I download it on my BB10 device. I'm an Amazon Prime member and I love the music app. I can stream a ton of music through it for free but I can also buy albums or songs if I want and it loads all the music on my phone through the app so I can listen to the music on my phone through the app as well without streaming anything. As an Amazon customer I'm very happy with this and I think BB is making some very smart moves.

Puz_zled

So what more access to that content do you get with this agreement?? Sounds like we already have full actual access. What more do we get?

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Eric Charbonneau

Does this mean 10.3 is coming July 21st??

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drrobert_Taco

This is what I am also wondering.

qwerty4ever

And this boys and girls is further evidence that BlackBerry is going down hard and fast. Lifejackets are in your cabins. Please proceed calmly to the lifeboats after fetching your lifejacket; nobody boards a lifeboat without a lifejacket. Oh right! Women and children first. Deja vu.

DoryGuy

That's ridiculous. In the internet business you want to be #1 or #2, so selling Media is not the core business of BBRY, phones, BBM, BB10, QNX the internet of things is their core business. Making media deals and getting a penny here or there on a song is a great business, but Amazon and ITunes have it covered.

Rolf Hed

How much does QNX and BBM add to BlackBerry's current profits? (Honest non-snarky question, I don't know myself...)

pididipop

And that is why the stock price is going up on this news..;)

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Prem WatsApp

The usual negative doomsayery....

This is one way of making BlackBerry popular again, just the name Amazon and the Android app compatibility will be a huge drawcard in the consumer market once they start advertising again.

I "premdict" this is going to happen in one big bang with 10.3.x, BBM for Windows Phone, X-platform BBM Video, the new phones, BES 12 and last, but not least, the desktop features....

Of course, it will be the end of BlackBerry as we know it....

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Rolf Hed

Nice: "premdict" haha

"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine"

tjseaman

That sucks! I love getting my music from BlackBerry World an the ease of billing to my carrier.

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pididipop

After reading this more closely, I guess it's not clear that Amazon music and video will be available, but if they are entering into an agreement with BlackBerry, I can't imagine them not offering this content

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Rolf Hed

Unless Amazon wants to hold that for their own phone and tablets or iOS and Google Play, since those markets are too big not to cater to? :-(

HardpackBerry

Will this Amazon app store be any different to the one many of us are already using in 10.2? It's not as smooth as bbw and less content than Google but it's good enough. Maybe they are doing a native version.

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Puz_zled

That's what I'm wondering too.

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Flip4Bytes

An amazon partnership will be good IF they do it so you can open up BBW and they had "All / Apps / Games / Android (Amazon) Apps / Android (Amazon) Games". In its current form, just making the Android Appstore App available within BBW, that's a total joke. Even my grandma was able to Google "download amazon app store", click the first link - http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android/?tag=crackberryb-20&m1... and install the apk from the BB10 browser.

Not sure where they are going with this UNLESS what I first mentioned was their end-game strategy. If so, I welcome that change.

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prescott19

Great decision. Amazon has a lot of momentum. Plus, it's good for blackberry to leverage the apps from the amazon app store instead of Google play store.

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bb10canuck

What would make a lot of sense is for Amazon to buy BlackBerry then amazon could spread their marketplace into the commercial / industrial space. An area they don't have a solid hold of. Imagine the amazon marketplace linked directly into a company's erp / enterprise servers.

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playbookster

We get a real media store now :)

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scrapmetal58

How? It says 3rd party apps, not Amazon's services.

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web99

I'm looking forward to it as well.

Juan Patino

Doesn't faze me since I haven't made any video or music purchases on BB world

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VanAwful

Had issues with Amazon in the past. They frequently loose or do not renew license rights for movies. When that happens, the end user who purchased, not rented, the movie looses the right to access it. I stopped using Amazon a long time ago after spending hundreds of dollars on purchasing digital content just to loose access to it at a later date because of the way they license it.

In addition, the apps in The Amazon store usually are older versions than GooglePlay.

This begs the question, why has BlackBerry not moved forward with getting BB10 certified to attach to GooglePlay?

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Rolf Hed

Do a web search for "Open Handset Alliance" as to "why no Google Play Services" for BB10

Prem WatsApp

Thanks.

This question seems to live on despite having been answered multiple times over...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

MozThaGreat

Trim all the fat necessary BB.

TioPepe78

Great, but I would have bought or rented movies through BBW if it was available in my country, with Amazon I will, but I would like to know if at least BBRY gets a fee on the sales.

Also would be great to have some stats from Amazon of how many BB10 users are using their store right now.

theone06

Well, time to buy a bunch of cheap movies and music from BBW.

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iBelieveInBB

bummer, I actually used this a lot.

Prem WatsApp

+1

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Beddow11

This is sad because the music and video is my favorite part of blackberry world because the app selection sucks.

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Godgass

I was buying my music from BlackBerry World but some titles were lacking (ie. No Metallica). I don't mind switching and I do hope they make money with it.

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outoftheice

I'm very disappointed by this news. I currently have 14 movies on my z10, all purchased from BlackBerry World and frequently watched on flat screen TVs in hotels while I'm on the road thanks to the micro HDMI output. (don't get me started on the rumours that neither the Classic or Windemere will be equipped with a micro HDMI output). When I first heard the news, I simply assumed that this meant we would have access to Amazon music and video content in their App Store however I have since come to realize that neither music or video content is available via the Amazon App Store. Downloading a third party app and then downloading content via that app is just adding an extra step in a process that up until this announcement was seemless and worked quite well on BB10. Can somebody please let John Chen know that "prosumers" and "enterprise customers" like consuming media on their devices just as much as regular smart phone users (if not more so as they tend to travel more often) and that the fact that BlackBerry ignored this reality a few years ago is one of the reasons why they're in this situation in the first place??

scrapmetal58

Well said. Do people really think "prosumers" are robots that only use productivity apps? I will not be signing up for any 3rd party apps. I'll switch back to iTunes, which is not ideal because I don't want to give more money to Apple.

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coolj40041

I have the Amazon mp3 app on my z10 right now. Also have the Amazon app store to. I can browse and buy/download mp3s right now. There are articles on crackberry that tells how to install the app store.

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coolj40041

No third party app

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brandonwh

Can you do another write up responding to the amazon app store? When I searched for apps this morning in it, every android app that I have, I could not get from amazon. Is it going to be that big of a step without Google play services? Or will the amazon store expand a lot more because of the phone it is introducing today?

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Graheem

Makes sense. There's more than enough music services available. BB can focus on other priorities.

qwerty4ever

BlackBerry does nor manage the music and video stores. They are provided by a thrid-party but presented through a BlackBerry storefront.

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Hup55

OK so I understand the move to get everything on Amazon in the Fall, but where the heck do I purchase my music from over the next 3 + months until the amazons ecosystem is launched? Since they're gassing the BlackBerry World in July for media content where I currently download songs? That's a huge gap. I buy music often.

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Buzz88

This is a little bit sad for me, BBW is the only place I rented movies. With the HDMI port on my phone it's the best way to rent and watch. Hopefully Amazon will fill that void but I'm not keen on Amazon because of their employment practices... kinda the Darth Vader of employers. I’m pretty sure they're building a death star kinda like Google building driverless cars.

DecAway

That sucks. I have bought like 50 movies through blackberry world. Ugh.

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luvsql

Makes WAY more sense. I like it.

jsille

Anyway I never got to have music or movie store here in the Dominican Republic, it wasn't ever available for my country

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SparkyBC

Coming up next a blackberry 10 phone built for amazon...

qwerty4ever

Undoubtedly running Google Android natively. (cough, cough) Marketshare bloodshed on the horizon for BlackBerry. The enterprise clients aren't sufficient to keep the company afloat anymore.

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scrapmetal58

I don't want 3rd party apps that I have to sign up to some sort of subscription or whatever. I have bought a lot of music from BlackBerry World, and like how easy it is. Just like iTunes. I don't use Spotify, or Netflix, or any other streaming music or movie services.

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Prem WatsApp

Yeah, just like iTunes. I liked that comparison. But no DRM nonsense.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

DarkJoker33

I hope Amazon is the new provider of digital content. (music,movies,book)
It will turn the tide. Seeing how rovi was unreliable at best for those services.

EauRouge

Meh. Never used it. Won't miss it

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todparsons

Most people that use the micro-hdmi cable know that they can just download films for free anyway

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Thunderbuck

I'm sorry to hear this, because I bought a ton of music through BlackBerry World.

I would hope there will be a 7Digital app at least. I'll really dream and hope BlackBerry supports 7D in building a decent native one that will work as well as the music section of BlackBerry World...

BTW, for those of you hoping for much from Amazon, bear in mind that outside the US they don't sell any digital or streaming media. As a Canadian I'm not hoping for a lot...

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coolj40041

Am I the only one that is going to miss the 99 cent specials for movies here in the states? They have/had really good selections that you can buy (not rent) for 99 cents. I just picked up Jack Ryan.

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scrapmetal58

So will they rename BlackBerry World back to BlackBerry App World? I won't be able to use carrier billing, I assume. I'll have to switch back to iTunes and give my money to Apple.
It's things like this that people want to have available. iOS and Android have these services seamlessly available. I have no interest in using 3rd party apps to do what was integrated into BlackBerry World. Apps like Sound Hound will have to be updated to remove the Buy option which was a link to the song in BlackBerry World.
This just tells people that business is still really bad, and to stay away because services you want don't exist and others that do will likely end up shutting down, as well. Bets on what they shut down next?

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Jtaylor1986

I think it probably had more to do with Amazon wanted something in return for their support. They have to get something out of this deal and having all BlackBerry users migrate to their platform for media was probably the carrot that sealed the deal.

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scrapmetal58

Probably true, but you'd think the revenue from additional app sales would have been incentive enough.

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qwerty4ever

They'll likely shutdown ShopBlackBerry next.

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Jtaylor1986

Amazon's music is lower bit rate and their Canadian content selection is garbage. Sorry 7 digital has a better offering in Canada at least

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ssbtech

I'll miss the Sound Hound feature that lets you buy a song you've just identified in the app.

nightridah

Pretty interesting.

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ohdihe

Becos nobody deh buy! Moni no deh to deh waste am 4 film jare.

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203

Phew less clutter in BlackBerry World.

There were always substantially better options for music and video purchases than via BlackBerry

John Gardner1

I am sad about the music and video, it was very nice and well implemented. Hopefully the other alternatives work as well

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GjDub

BBM music rip
BlackBerry music rip

Wtf

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CEO-Bruno

We need music/video service that works. Dont just replace it. It's a F$//$+? Setback big time for BlackBerry if it's not good or better than BlackBerry World music/video service.

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Bacon Munchers

I want to know the reasoning for dropping out of the race here.

If the reason is part of the latest agreement with Amazon, then fine, but are we suffering losses with maintaining this service!?

Hopefully the ER will explain this.

drfever

I just posted lady night that I predicted one day we would see BlackBerry as a hardware manufacturer running Android OS with Blackberry's proprietary nuggets such as their keyboard, swipe gestures etc. We are getting closer.

Again, more compatibility is fine so long as they give us full FUNCTIONALITY. That is, make the Android apps that push notifications, like sports apps, actually work.

The writing is on the wall for me. Will BlackBerry World be next to go dark in favor of Amazon? Hmmm

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crazylegshinch

Great news for pretty much nobody, it seems. Amazon doesn't have much digital content outside of the US. I'd always check BB World first to see if they had music I was looking for.

So I suppose I'll be buying my music off of iTunes? At least they offer content to Canadians. Let's build up that ecosystem a little for those in the homeland.

scrapmetal58

Agreed. This company is clueless it seems.

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whatsever

amazon is cheaper and has great deals. I always buy fron amazon.co.uk.

Fear not if you’ve been downloading movies and music to your device, as they’ll still be accessible for you to download to multiple devices direct from the content partner

jsimon208

Finally!!!! Another great move Mr. Chen. Now we need Google Services up and running.

Prem WatsApp

I'm ok with Amazon, but Google? I don't want on my phone.

They have quietly seduced the world and made the Internet into a Google Application. Yes, Umi... looks like you can't do without them or what?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Omnitech

Re: Google Services, this would result in me selling-off all my Blackberries and moving to a different platform.

If I wanted that snoopery garbage on my smartphone I certainly would not have suffered all the disadvantages of BB10's platform immaturity and mismanagement when I could have just bought an Android device and be done with it.

qwerty4ever

Yep. I'd probably move to a tablet running Microsoft Windows but keep my BlackBerry Q5 solely for communication (email, Twitter, SMS).

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jwyoungy

I buy music all the time, damit.

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7christopherr

Ive spent a couple hundred bucks buyin music from the app world

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Playbook007

BlackBerry music wasn't profitable because even BlackBerry users think itunes......lol. Music and video content are easily obtained anywhere. Most just steal it. So it's a no brainer for BBW to drop it.

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Shadberry Bold

All my movies have come from the "99 cent bin" in Blackberry World!!!!! I will miss that dearly!!! :(

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joeyjay

Yes - but 3 of the movies I have purchased in BlackBerry App world not longer work because the license is no good and when I search for it again on BlackBerry App world they are no longer there. I'm taking this with a grain of salt.

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Prem WatsApp

Sad to see it go. I loved the integration and DRM free music.

Maybe there is something better in store for us. Time will tell. Chen it on!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

ndeep13

This sucks I always get my music from BlackBerry I've also got a few movies from there too

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Omnitech

The only thing that disturbs me about this move is the fact that it makes it appear as if BlackBerry is abandoning non-enterprise customers.

Never had any interest in watching movies on a tiny handheld or buying media content locked to a smartphone.

RyanRoman0

Aw man! I buy a LOT of music from BBM!!! A BlackBerry makes an excellent mp3 player when you're at the gym because you can skip tracks without having to look!!!! Just use the volume keys :D

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billbsb

Looks like BlackBerry is really changing focus! I hope the alternatives are great.

Bolderholder

If selection improves and lowers our cost relative to Redbox here in Toronto, then sure...why not. I'm all for continuous improvements.

firefly2000

Well there goes the. 99 cent movies

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Digital_Ads

BlackBerry next to shut down..

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Bolderholder

To commemorate the end they should put all movies, and music for a sale price worthy of clearance event. Good way to go out.

Ian Robertson1

I didn't buy a blackberry for music and movies. I bought it for productivity, and it does that well. I won't even miss the music and video store.

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toronto-vice

Thank god. I was burned for paying triple for a album purchase on my credit card from BlackBerry, and tried every possible legitimate way to get resolution. I finally gave up after 4 months. Never purchased anything from BlackBerry again...too bad.

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buckwylder

That sucks.

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D.Vader

This is like BBM Music all over again.

Rolf Hed

That went through my mind as well. :-(

Lesson learned again for all of us one more time...

DetlevCM

Hmm, Amazon MP3s can be dubious quality..
I had some tracks with gaps in them... (did get a refund for those though, so kudos there) and I also have two or three tracks with audible compression artefacts...

Some will claim that 320kBit/s is a waste of space - bit for MP3 it is the best quality you'll get, period.
No compression artefacts and if one wants something better, well one has to use another codec.

So losing BlackBerry music will be bad there...

As to videos: I object to the idea of DRM "protected" video downloads - nevertheless, at 79 pence ago I bought so.e videos off the BlackBerry video shop.
I guess in future I will have to go back to dvds (maybe bluray) where I am certain i'll like the film and where it is worth the expense to me.
I.e. I'll be more selective.

On the plus side: I have books calling my name - so I'll gain time instead.

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DrEd14

This new is somewhat sad, as I have used the video store quite a bit to watch videos within the big screen with the HDMI connection. It has been so easy and handy to use when wanting to rent a movie!!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions as to what app(s) to use in the future that would have a similar selection of movies and similar rental price?

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za_berry

I'm apprehensive, I know money needs to be made, however I'm seeing less and less of an ecosystem. I'm wanting the Internet of Things but I'm not seeing anything I can tap into at the moment. And while enterprise are leaving BlackBerries and opting for iPhone and Samsungs because most staff want that ( more like just the IT guy. )

I'm not seeing the BlackBerry ecosystem grow to make them sticky.

Take icloud which mot only.backs up your content, but even syncs your applications across devices, namely iPad, iPhone and Mac's.
It's convenient and allows the easy transition from one form factor to another.

I think BlackBerry should almost do the opposite, have the phone hardware be your computer, but be able to transition to different form factors while maintaining app quality and dynamics.

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Rolf Hed

Ubuntu phone? Some people have talked about that here on CB...

61728297886numbers

What the F. That ticks me off

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Sam Rosu

Canada site only has music purchases and you need the amazon mp3 player to buy them. BBWORLD at least allowed me to use PayPal, Amazon wants my credit card... I've gone to the the Amazon.com site to rent a movie and they won't download. So looks like we're stuck buying the Blu-ray disk and download the media after. Gee thanks.

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MobileMadness002

So fucking what. Let then die. I was an advocate for BB but fuck them. They will die. So will their plans. Let them die in peace.

koool1

Don't think this is wise. I buy from BlackBerry World regularly. My business will be lost.

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adonesc

I'm still old fashioned I guess, and still prefer physical copies of my favourite music, movies and books.

Yet the fact that I was able to put my entire musical collection (a lot of freaking CD's) on what is now called the IPod classic (the only Apple product I actually like) was pretty sweet.

Now if this partnership with Amazon brings us access to HBO, Showtime and more variety from Starz, FX and AMC content, plus better priced movies and music, then I'm all for it. I just hope the offerings are uniform in all countries...and not wake up that for example "Game Of Thrones" is not available for rent or sale in Canada.

Just a question, I have a small movie collection on my PlayBook as well as the first two seasons of "Spartacus"...will they still be available to me to view them...and can I transfer them to my Z10?

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Dirks2.0

I don't like this. Apple has never gotten a single cent from me. I have never purchased anything from itunes. so I was quite happy when blackberry world got a decent music story with BB10. i actually started paying for music! i am not a huge fan of apps like spotify or other streaming services just because I don't have a very large data plan and I am not always on wifi during the day. so unless I we get access to Amazon's MP3 store (which I don't think is even available in Canada)
I guess it will be back to cds and bit torrents for me:(

mkye86

Noooooooooooo!!! I actually use these!!!!

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chad1276

Amazon MP3 is a better choice for music any how for price and reliability!

kutulu1

this is a good thing. I have never even browsed the movie and music offerings since i bought a z10 in feb 2013; just can't watch a movie on a phone.

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Trentp03

What about the content that I have purchased? Movies etc?

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f1mx

It wasn't available for my country anyway

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maclaskey

Good idea cant imagine this being a money maker

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Cory Welsh

I already have Amazon Appstore on my Z10. As well as Netflix. It's a great opportunity to blend android apps and Blackberry Apps. No other phone can do this. Also I am sad to see the media services go as i use them frequently.

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Cylon69

Nooooooo!

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AtInsider

3rd Party access is fine with me.

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Borough

What are the third party alternatives. This seems like a bad move imo

mikelinton

I have the Amazon App Store loaded on my Z10, and unless they are making a "special" BB10 version, there is no music or video available. So it'll be through a 3rd party app... I much prefer it all in one spot, not 3 different stores. Oh well, gotta take the good with the bad I guess.

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MrBox

pretty lame news, considering I'm going to be without a video store for awhile :/. at least I'll still be able to access the ones I purchased already. guess we're going to lose some good deals that we had in the past too. I hope this is for the better

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rajdeep.malhi

That's a shame. I really liked going to BlackBerry World for music and videos.

drewood66

This is a great move for BlackBerry!

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bbafdad

It's good to see BlackBerry building good working relationships with pillar companies like Amazon, but truth be told, I'm going to miss music and videos on BlackBerry World!

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Rootbrian

That sucks. I never did download music or movies from blackberry world. If I did, it would suck too. But yeah, sometimes things aren't as profitable and changes need to happen. Also, when will amazon expand outside the USA? It's pretty ignorant to think that is the ONLY market.

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HabsFan9860

...band aid, band aid, band aid......how about market the platform properly and once the thing takes off as people will know it exists...then native apps will come and they won't need weak Android apps...I will NOT D/L Amazon and give them my CC information and I have no use for patch work apps. I guess I will go back to the 7digital store on the PC for my music, and just get movies through Rogers...they (BlackBerry) had it good with everything in one spot like the other players, and I for one used BlackBerry World heavily for tunes and video as the quality and consistency was very good......this is a step backwards as far as I'm concerned....

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HabsFan9860

...I thought that BlackBerry was pressing for integration...this isn't the way to do it....

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Territc2000

Not great news for those of us in South Africa. You can't purchase MP3's from Amazon.

jackhackney1

It makes sense. I rented a few movies from BBW and bought a few of the. 99 cent ones but I have Amazon App store and was wondering how to access their Instant Video. Since Netflix and Beats Music already work fine on 10.2, the agreement with Amazon is a no brainer. Books, music, apps, and videos are sure to be available at some point.

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RiceBerry89

Ugh disappointed alot :-( I liked buying movies from blackberry world

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