Blackberry to launch music download service

Research in Motion (RIM) is aiming to fix one of the most glaring omissions in its fight to take on Apple and Nokia, by adding a wireless music download service.

The service comes through a partnership with UK-based download website  7Digital, and will launch in the UK, US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Spain in September.

The application will be free, but there won’t be an unlimited service like Nokia’s Comes With Music. Tracks will cost the same as via the company’s website – 99 cents for a track or $9.99 for an album in the US, or 79p/£7.99 in the UK. Of the six million tracks available, most will be DRM-free.

The service will have a facility whereby users can download tracks over the air as AAC [Advanced Audio Coding] if they are in a 3G zone, but when in a WiFi zone, the tracks will automatically upgrade to a 320KB MP3 file.

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