Update: The BlackBerry Music Gateway is Now Available from ShopCrackBerry.com!
Kicking off the BlackBerry World 2012 announcements a little early, RIM went ahead introduced the new BlackBerry Music Gateway to the masses. In case you've never read our original review of the device, the BlackBerry Music Gateway is a A2DP Bluetooth music streaming device that serves as an in-between for your BlackBerry and any audio equipment you may have such as a home theater system or your car, enabling the capability to stream music from your BlackBerry. RIM did however, make some small feature changes to the BlackBerry Music Gateway that separate it from the original:
- Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers
- Enjoy Wireless Freedom - Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
- Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
- Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.
As noted, the updated version also brings NFC to the mix for supported devices allowing you to simply just tap your device on the gateway to pair them up and then you're ready to stream your music. The price-point has been lowered as well with the original having cost $99.99, the new one will be reasonably priced at $49.99 when it hits shelves in June. Check out the video walk-through above to get a better look and expect ShopCrackberry to be stocking them soon!