India's largest music website comes to BlackBerry 10 - check out Gaana

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By James Richardson on 26 Feb 2013 06:39 am EST
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With the BlackBerry Z10 launching in India yesterday, along with it came a whole host of region specific applications for BlackBerry 10. I just happened to notice Gaana in BlackBerry World and it looks to be pretty decent for you music lovers out there. My knowledge of Indian music is some what limited but after downloading the free Gaana app I thought it was well worth sharing.

The application is a port of the Android version so you don't get quite as nice an experience as with a Built for BlackBerry one - but you still get the great music and that's why you will grab the app. Gaana is India's largest music website, so I understand, and with over twenty languages supported in the app I'm sure you can find some funky tunes to listen to.

One of the main reasons the app caught my attention is because you can create playlists of great songs you find in the app - the simplest way to access your favourite tunes at a later date. There are also some sharing options but these seem to be quite limited as it is an Android app - we don't get access to our wonderful BlackBerry Hub to share music with our friends.

But for a free download this one is well worth checking out. Just remember that if you are streaming a lot you will need a suitable data plan or be on WiFi.

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India's largest music website comes to BlackBerry 10 - check out Gaana

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Thanks for sharing..but Z10 will not sell in India with a price tag of Rs 44,000/- Are these guys mad they are simply annoying the Indian BB fans who have been so loyal. In India you can get a two wheeler motor cycle for Rs 44K plus some gas. Had it been at 38,000 at par with Nokia and that would have sounded a lot lower than APPLE which is at 46,000. BB has to remember that they are not Apple and at this rate wont sell a lot in India I assure you. Feel extremely frustrated by this move from BB.

With their current image in the market where every Tom, Dick and Harry even without proper info. claims that BB is dead, this is ultimate death blow or a way to say, we don't care about what market thinks. I don't know how this decision was arrived at and how much loss BB incurs by pricing it low, this is definitely not going to help BB with its current image. I would was shelled out about 35 grand without hesitation considering the specs and the fact that this is top of the line, but 44k is way too costly. I would rather give IOS a shot by spending few more thousands. (Not saying I like IOS better but lets face it, they are APPLE for a reason and i always wanted to try their platform to understand the popularity.)

That is what I am hearing. 34-38K was no question buy range for most. Right now more then ever I would like BlackBerry to inform the end customer when the mid and low tier are coming.

Couldn't agree with you more! Feel very sorry for Thorsten Heins. The poor guy worked so hard for the last one year to give us this amazing product. Every single subscriber held to or earned is super important to them! ..to add to that India was supposed to have a huge contribution towards their recovery. And here is this nincompoop handling the Indian affairs who instead of trying to convert the iFans and Fandroids to Blackberry, is actually trying to push away the Blackberry Fans! It's such a shame.
I think Thorsten believes that this fool will competently handle the India Gold Mine, but they have done a BIG mistake.
Just read this article: It's almost scary as to what this idiot is upto:
http://m.timesofindia.com/tech/enterprise-it/strategy/BlackBerry-India-M...
Hope Vivek goes and tells Thorsten how haphazardly and foolishly the launch even was held in India, and hope this wakes up Mr. Heins - he realizes the incompetency of the management here - and some heads roll in Blackberry India before it's too late!

At 38000 you get 12 gms of gold which might increase in value or at the very least maintain its value. What's your point with the Nokia?.
Also I bought my Nokia Lumia 900 three months ago for 35000 and it is selling for 12000. My 9900 sold for 12000 after 15 months. Might give you an insight over how both those brands are perceived in India. You shouting that Nokia at 38000 is more attractive doesn't make it true otherwise the Lumia would have held better value or at least sold higeper than the 9900. Face it, Indians don't want high end Nokias, even if it is priced lower than a BB flagship.

Yes gaana is indeed a popular site but that is not sufficient for BB to sell in India. 44K price tage is quite expensive. I have to wait for a fire sale as it happened for playbook. May be I am under estimating BB too much...

I read an article where Nokia plans to dominate all over the world by keeping its phone prices below the competition. I think BlackBerry should rethink this 44,000 price tag and drop it. The India market is vast, and you want to ensure you push a lot of Z10's out the door.

So reading all your comments ... and I have to say that most likely the Z10 will only drop in price after they finish releasing the product in the US... Why would they under cut themselves before the even release in the US (There biggest market?) There will be price drops... After all the Z10 will be there mainstream (the work horse) device with higher and lower versions coming out later this year.

Couldn't agree with you more! Feel very sorry for Thorsten Heins. The poor guy worked so hard for the last one year to give us this amazing product. Every single subscriber held to or earned is super important to them! ..to add to that India was supposed to have a huge contribution towards their recovery. And here is this nincompoop handling the Indian affairs who instead of trying to convert the iFans and Fandroids to Blackberry, is actually trying to push away the Blackberry Fans! It's such a shame.
I think Thorsten believes that this fool will competently handle the India Gold Mine, but they have done a BIG mistake.
Just read this article: It's almost scary as to what this idiot is upto:
http://m.timesofindia.com/tech/enterprise-it/strategy/BlackBerry-India-M...
Hope Vivek goes and tells Thorsten how haphazardly and foolishly the launch even was held in India, and hope this wakes up Mr. Heins - he realizes the incompetency of the management here - and some heads roll in Blackberry India before it's too late!

Thank you for the wake up call.
Below is an excerpt from Sunil The Mutt waxing eloquent:

"Strategy to capture market in India
The strategy is built around 5-6 pillars. One is to get in the relevant products. Customers go beyond cosmetic innovations and look for meaningful innovation. Second is, you have to be able to continue to invest in the brand. Apart from TV and print, it is also about what you do at the retail point of sale, having the right kind of promoters in the store to look after customers. It's about creating the experience zones for customers. The next is building the right kind of channel of distribution, and investing in market research and consumer insights. Last but not the least, skill sets of the people to execute the plans of your company."

Sunil, We have great suggestions on what you can do with these 5-6 pillars!
Thereafter, have a hot cup of chai, wake up, and fix your 'price' pillar.

Dear King James (Jayhmie, Jayhmie),
The Gana deflection isn't working.
Get Realistic with the pricing!
Down Down Down.....(Nothing like some hard smacks before BB figures it out). Lets wait a couple of months and then we'll talk about Gana etc when the BB price gets real.

Cm'on guys...If you were going to feature an Indian Music app for BB10 than it should have been Hunagama, that app is built for BB, so fluid and beautiful. It is the best looking music app that I have downloaded so far, period.