Research and Motion (RIM) has been very up-front about its plans to add multimedia features to its BlackBerry line of cellular-wireless devices. What this company isn’t talking about, though, is the rumor that it is collaborating with Apple, Inc. to make this happen.
In recent interviews, RIM’s Chairman James Balsillie has been promising that, in the near future, BlackBerries will be released that offer MP3 players and cameras with both image capture and video capabilities.
According to rumor, at least one of these upcoming devices — nick-named the AppleBerry — will include support for Apple’s iTunes music download service.
When asked about this, Balsillie declined to comment.
The idea of Apple collaborating with another company to release a phone with iTunes support isn’t inconceivable for one simple reason: it has already done so. The Motorola ROKR has audio software that allows it to download songs from a PC running iTunes.
There have also been unconfirmed reports that Apple intends to release a smartphone under its own brand name.