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BlackBerry Gets SlotRadio Music Cards

Basking Ridge, N.J. – MicroSD cards preloaded with 1,000 songs are
coming to select BlackBerry smartphones sold by Verizon Wireless.

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.

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.

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.

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



SlotRadio format

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.