Hopefully you’re not still subscribed to BBM Music, or use it regularly. It’s not really all that popular, and despite being a proprietary service it’s not even all that impressive.
Regardless, the BBM Music service will be discontinued starting June 2, 2013. Blackberry announced the following in a recent email:
“BBM Music service will be discontinued as of June 2, 2013. For paying customers, April is the last month that you will be billed. In May, as your BBM contacts stop using the service, songs in your playlists will begin to turn grey and will no longer be available.”
Blackberry continued the report by pointing out a tip for removing the app after the 2nd. All you have to do to remove the BBM Music app is highlight the icon, press the menu button and then select the delete option.
At the time, the service is discontinued billing should also stop for anyone that’s still subscribed. If you want to make sure you’re not still being billed after the 2nd, you can visit this page for instructions on cancelling a subscription. You can also choose cancel directly via the Blackberry World store in your personal subscription options.
Blackberry recommends using Rdio once the BBM Music service is discontinued, which actually happens to be offering a 30 day premium trial for new users. Personally, I’ve never used Rdio, but since Blackberry is recommended it I will make sure I check it out and post a feature. Hopefully we can work together as a community to find a suitable alternative if Rdio turns out to be an inauspicious one.
The full email from Blackberry has been included below.
BBM™ Music service will be discontinued as of June 2, 2013*. For paying customers, April is the last month that you will be billed. In May, as your BBM contacts stop using the service, songs in your playlists will begin to turn grey and will no longer be available.
After the service is discontinued, we recommend that you delete the app from your BlackBerry smartphone by completing the following:
1. On the home screen, click Options.
2. Click Device > Application Management.
3. Select the BBM Music app.
4. Press the Menu key > Delete.
Though BBM Music is going away, you can still listen to great music on your BlackBerry. We’re giving you a 30-day pass to Rdio, which gives you unlimited, on-demand access to more than 18 million songs, including the latest hits and classic albums.
To get Rdio on your BlackBerry and claim your voucher, you will need to do the following:
1. Visit BlackBerry World – Rdio on your BlackBerry and click Download.
2. Launch the Rdio app and create your new account by clicking Get Rdio Unlimited.
3. Verify your account, then relaunch the Rdio app and log in.
4. Press the Menu key > Settings.
5. Click Redeem Gift Card.
6. Paste this voucher code into the redemption field:
7. Click Redeem.
Enjoy the music!
*Date may be subject to change
This is a service message sent by or on behalf of Research In Motion Limited (“RIM”).
© 2013 BlackBerry. All rights reserved. BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world.