Highlights from Michael Jackson’s HiStory world tour have been released as an iTunes and BlackBerry application.
UK digital music service, 7 Digital, today launched its digital music service in the US, while also making a grab at the mobile market with launch of a music download store for BlackBerry users.
7 Digital is well-known in Europe, but is raising the bar in competition in the US with its launch there. Tracks will cost 77-cents, or $7.77 for an album (standard prices, variable prices also exist).
Tracks are sold in high-quality 320kbps MP3 format, completely free of DRM. The company also offers a “digital locker” in which all your downloads are backed-up on 7 Digital’s servers in the even you need to redownload them in case of computer failure.
Recall back in the day when U2 and Apple were bosom-buddies? Well, in the world of corporate sponsorship, everything is change, and Bono’s band today introduced their own take on the iTunes LP with the release of a new U2 Mobile App, not for iPhone, but for BlackBerry.
Developed in collaboration with the band, the app promises “a rich visual experience with evolving content and an interactive dimension for the band’s current Number 1 album No Line On The Horizon.
Like it or not, the notion of a so-called “cashless society” is only a few implementations shy of reality – and we’d bet (which means we don’t know for sure) that future mobile phones – including the iPhone (future version) – will eventually carry RFID chips (or an equivalent technology) to help ensure your identity when making any kind of payment.
There’s been signs of this before, with banks introducing various account management applications for the iPhone. While these stop short at use of these devices as a payment or debit card at least one major force in the banking industry payment solutions world is working on a solution that does just that.
The battle for smartphone industry continues, with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion today claiming ‘record’ downloads of new application, MySpace for BlackBerry.
In a joint announcement, MySpace and RIM claimed MySpace for BlackBerry software downloads to have exceeded 400,000 downloads in one week, “an all-time high for both MySpace and RIM in terms of first week application downloads,” the partners said.
Additionally, they reported users of the app sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status over two million times in the first week.
“HELSINKI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Surging demand for the latest iPhone and Blackberry models helped Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to win larger shares of the smartphone market in the third quarter at the expense of top vendor Nokia, market research firm Canalys said on Thursday.”
The touch-screen mobile is available on two -year contracts costing £35 per month. The device boasts a “springy” feeling 3.25-inch screen, can handle email, the internet and music and video.
Naturally it’s winning some praise, partially ‘cuz it has a QWERTY keyboard. See images of the gadget right here.
Slacker’s interactive radio service will be made available using Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry devices, as the latter firm works to make its devices more interesting to the consumer users as it faces competition from the Apple iPhone.
The move to add Slacker to the mix means that, come October, BlackBerry users in the US will be able to listen to artist channels, high quality stations and customised channels which can be created online or on the device.
The service will be available for use at no charge, though listeners must be prepared for adverts to pop up between songs from time-to-time, and, as the Listening Post explains, you can’t skip more than five songs every hour.
Nomura analyst Richard Windsor this morning warned clients that Research In Motion is struggling to develop the touch interface for use within its forthcoming ‘iPhone killer’, the BlackBerry Thunder. The analyst says the implementation even lags behind Nokia. who he also warns will be unable to match Apple’s user interface for its solution in the mobile device market.
“Those who have handled prototypes complain of poor typing, unresponsive keys, bugs in the user interface cause by touch as well as accelerometer issues,” Windsor warned on RIM, as reported by MarketWatch.
Meanwhile in a separate report, Changewave Research claims Apple’s iPhone 3G will impact the smartphone market like a “tsunami”. In a survey of 3,567 consumers the researchers found that 11% of those who already own a smart phone had an iPhone, up two points from before – and only three away from Palm. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry leads with 42% of the market.
But the whole environment seems set to change, as of those respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days, 56% plan to purchase an iPhone, compared to only 29% in a previous survey in March, RIM must be worried – just 23% plan to buy a BlackBerry,
78% of iPhone owners are Very Satisfied with the phone. RIM ranks second with 54% of its customers saying they’re Very Satisfied.