Basking Ridge, N.J. - MicroSD cards preloaded with 1,000 songs are coming to select BlackBerry smartphones sold by Verizon Wireless.
Beginning Jan. 29, Verizon will offer two MicroSD music cards that conform to the SlotRadio standard. One, called Billboard Hits, will feature music from current rock, dance, hip hop, Latin and country artists. The second card, titled Billboard Decades, will feature songs from the '80s and'90s, classic rock and oldies.
Each card costs $49.99 and will be compatible, after an over-the-air driver download, with a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones. They include the BlackBerry Curve 8530, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, BlackBerry Storm 9530, BlackBerry Storm2 9550, BlackBerry Tour 9630 and BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone.
While listening to the preloaded songs, BlackBerry users will be able to hit a button to wirelessly download the song being played as a full-track download, ringtone or ringback tone.
The cards, designed to work only with BlackBerrys, leave 4GB of memory open for personal files. The cards will be available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and at
was developed by SanDisk, which offers select MP3 players compatible with SlotRadio cards designed for its players and not the BlackBerry. Songs on SlotRadio cards are locked to the cards and can't be copied, and as the SlotRadio name implies, the songs can't be "rewound" or their order rearranged by end users. Nonetheless, users can skip songs and navigate between factory-set playlists.