RIM Develops Music Service for Phones

Research In Motion Ltd. is developing a service that would let subscribers access music on its smartphones, according to people familiar with the matter.

The music service is designed to work with RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, the company’s proprietary instant-message system, according to people who have discussed it with RIM executives. These people said that BBM Music, as the service is to be known, could launch as soon as next week.

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