Blackberry PlayBook will come preloaded with 7Digital music store
With iPad users getting their music fix from iTunes and Android possibly getting a music update in the near future, Blackberry’s PlayBook seemed to have nowhere to turn to for music and media. However, thanks to a new partnership with 7Digital, the PlayBook tablet will come preloaded with access to the online store and numerous titles and albums.
According to a press release by RIM, the 7Digital music store will come pre-installed with all PlayBooks and will allow access to DRM-free music. The 7Digital store features more than 13 million songs that are available in high quality formats (320kbps) and will be available on the PlayBook at the same price as their online website.
Another feature announced by RIM, is the presence of a PlayBook podcast app that will allows users to download audio and HD video podcasts. The podcasts have been for the most part a feature of Apple and iTunes, and the new PlayBook app could prove to be an appealing alternative. Both the podcast and music app were previewed on Blackberry’s YouTube channel (video featured below) and seem to look and work nicely.
The PlayBook features a 7” LCD with 1024x600 pixel resolution, a 1GHz Dual-Core TI OMAP processor, 1GB RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and comes with Blackberry’s custom tablet OS. Both the tablet and accompanying music and podcast apps should be available for preview at South by Southwest this week in Austin, Texas.