BlackBerry Radio Combines Internet and Terrestrial Radio
Research In Motion today announced the new BlackBerry Radio beta. The application amalgamates a number of different radio services — including internet radio apps such as Pandora and Slacker, with regular FM radio broadcasters, such as ClearChannel or Corus — into a single application. The application is meant to aid in the discovery of new music, and allows users to listen to channels from a wide range of music providers. While using BlackBerry Radio, users can access and download music that they hear from the Amazon MP3 store, and purchases will be integrated into BlackBerry multimedia. Users can also use BlackBerry Radio to download and sign up for individual premium internet radio services. The beta is limited to Beta Zone users, and is restricted to only the U.S.
Apple Music for Android Can Store Songs on Memory Cards
Apple updated its Apple Music application for Android devices and added the ability for users to store music on microSD cards for offline playback. This is chiefly important for devices that have limited on-board storage.
Apple Releases Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta
Apple has made iOS 8.4 Beta 4 available to developers for testing. The latest iOS 8 beta adds a new version of the music application ahead of Apple Music's debut later this month.
MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS
MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line.
iTunes Radio to Go Behind Apple Music Pay Wall
Apple has begun informing listeners of iTunes Radio that the service will require a fee beginning later this month. iTunes Radio has been available since 2013 and allows people to listen to ad-supported music stations.