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Ubuntu One Music Store: Tops or Flop?

Mar 26, 2010, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Hilzinger)

"Note that the new shop is not called "7digital Music Store" or just Ubuntu Music Store, but Ubuntu One Music Store. Thus Canonical is implementing the cloud in its context. The DRM-free songs in MP3 format with a bitrate of at least 256 kbits/second are not loaded on the local machine, but in the Ubuntu One cloud. From there the Ubuntu One service copies it to .local/share/ubuntuone.

"Music thus appears on all computers that have Ubuntu One accounts, but it does exclude users who don't want Ubuntu One cloud access, either because they're skeptical of online storage or don't have access because they're not Ubuntu users.

"Not being Ubuntu users is after all not such a trivial problem, since Canonical is promising embedded service to follow for "Banshee, Amarok, and a few other applications" beyond Rythmbox. That leaves browser access over the Canonical cloud the only way for users, so long as no applicable clients are available for other distros."

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