Users of the Blackberry Playbook can look forward to the 7 digital’s store that they have been familiar with via their Blackberry smartphones. However, things are going to be a lot better for Playbook users since the service will come pre-loaded in the tablet in a comprehensive manner. The service that was available on the Blackberry phone was inconsistent and could not boast of a wider coverage area. Thankfully, the flaws have been rectified in the Playbook so that users of the tablet will now get to enjoy over 13 million songs on a pay-per-track basis. Cost wise, the songs come for a little as $0.77 per track to $1.29 for some selected songs. Complete albums can be bought for just $5. The songs are available as 320kbps high quality MP3 files with no DRM restrictions attached to them. Also, the service is now more international in scope than what it used to be almost 2 years ago, having reached the US from Europe where it used to be restricted.
The deal to get 7 digital’s store on board the Playbook means a lot for RIM, which otherwise has never been known for their expertise in developing media related apps. The 7 digital store on board the Playbook will also make it a comparable with the Apple iPad 2, which boasts the industry standard iTunes music store. While the deal with 7 digital’s store was concluded late on Tuesday, RIM had earlier also entered into an agreement with Kobo to have its book store available on the Playbook. In fact, it’s good to see RIM also going for EA Games on the Playbook, all of which will develop a more balanced ecosystem within the Playbook.
The Playbook is the first tablet effort on part of RIM and is all set to be released next month with rumors from some quarters also pointing to the April 10 timeline for the tablet release.
via electronista via liliputing