The music store in BlackBerry World recently became available to South African users, offering a variety of music at around R9 per song.
Unlike its competitors in the space such as Nokia and Apple, BlackBerry’s music catalogue appears to be restricted to BlackBerry users only.
When creating a BlackBerry ID to use on BlackBerry World, the website requires that users download a browser plugin for BlackBerry World, connect their smartphone to the computer, and download the latest version of the BlackBerry World app.
BlackBerry previously said that its store would feature music from independent labels and all the major labels. Music downloaded from the store is DRM-free, BlackBerry said.
A quick survey of the songs available on the store revealed a wide selection of artists, including The Beatles, Walk off the Earth, Delain, Rammstein, Korpiklaani, and Linkin Park.
South African artists are also represented, with albums from Foto na Dans, Zahara, Fokofpolisiekar, and Hugh Masekela available.
Albums seem to sell for between R100 and R120, while individual songs costs R9.