Hot off the exhibition floor is this news from CTIA. Kevin just sent me a quick note from the floor, and the press release I found confirms the details. XM and QuickPlay have announced the first universally available XM Radio Mobile service for BlackBerry devices (wow, that was a mouthful!)
XM (CTIA Booth #4544 if you're in Vegas) and QuickPlay Media announced that XM Radio Mobile has selected QuickPlay's OpenVideo as the first media management platform to make XM Radio universally available on certain BlackBerry devices. The service which can run across major US networks enables the user to get 20 exclusive XM channels of commercial-free music and 24-hour comedy programming for $7.99/month. There will also be an option for a 24-hour trial.
A snippet from the official press release from XM:
The XM Radio Mobile offering provides BlackBerry smartphone users with unlimited access to a wide selection of the most popular commercial-free music channels, including XM's 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s decade channels, 20on20 (Top 20 Hits), Ethel (New Alternative Rock), The City (Hip-Hop/R&B Hits), XMU (Indie Rock), Watercolors (Easy Jazz) and Highway 16 (New Country Hits). Customers can also listen to XM comedy channels, The Virus (outrageous uncensored talk) and XM Comedy (uncensored comedy).
All XM channels are easily accessed via a simple user interface with graphical icons for content genres and channels. While listening to one XM Radio Mobile channel, users can see the song title, artist and album, as well as what's currently playing on other XM Radio Mobile channels. Subscribers can also multi-task as XM Radio Mobile can run in the background while the user accesses other data applications on their BlackBerry smartphone.
Cool stuff! Who's signing up!?
BlackBerry devices supported by the XM Mobile Radio service require OS 4.2 or higher and must be in the 8800 series, 8700 series, Pearl series or Curve series. The service and the 24-hour trial are both available OTA by visiting http://www.xmradio.com/bb from your Berry.
[ via XMRadio ]