mocoNews - TuneWiki Sings The BlackBerry's Praises As It Tops The Apps Chart

Tameka Kee
Tuesday, July 14, 2009; 9:00 PM

Research In Motion is using music as one way to make the BlackBerry popular among the masses-like the exclusive partnership with U2 for its mobile album, or the Ticketmaster concert tickets app. So if the reception to the new TuneWiki social music app is any indication, RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) is on to something.

Currently the most-downloaded app in the BlackBerry App World, users can listen to streaming radio or their own music collections, get track lyrics, search through videos, and even see what other people are listening to in the local area. They can also "blip" their music selections to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. (TuneWiki says it's held the top spot for the past four days-though being one of RIM's "featured" apps is definitely giving it an edge). There's a free, ad-supported version, as well as a premium app for $4.95.

Founded in June 2008, Milpitas, Calif.-based TuneWiki started out as a desktop app and site; the startup partnered with Nobex to develop the BlackBerry app (it also has one for the iPhone). It currently has licensing deals with Universal, EMI, Sony and a number of individual publishers for legal access to their music and lyrics.

It's backed by a $3.3 million first round of funding from Benchmark Capital, and counts Yahoo Music vet David Goldberg as a board member.

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