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UbuntuOne Music Store: How a music service should be

Apr 19, 2010, 13:32 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"One of my biggest complains about Apple is iTunes. Don't get me wrong, I like Apple. They offer fantastic (albeit over priced) hardware, a solid operating system, and a killer aesthetic. But as for iTunes - you won't find much love in this heart for that powerhouse music mecca. What you will find is contempt. I don't think I need to go off on the why I loathe iTunes. Why? Because everything the UbuntuOne Music Store is is what iTunes is not.

"I'm sure there are plenty out there who have yet to hear of the UbuntuOne Music Store. There's a good reason for that - it's only now on line, ready to accept your digital cash (in the form of credit cards or paypal) in exchange for mp3 files of your favorite music. The store was announced shortly after Ubuntu 9.10 was released and is a partnership between Canonical and 7digital. Why 7digital? Because they have the largest collection of non-DRM music available. And I can tell you that Ubuntu One Music Store does, in fact, have a large selection…one that just might rival iTunes or Amazon.

"In order to access the Ubuntu One Music Store you can do one of two things: Wait for 10.4 to hit the air (or use a beta as I am doing), because Ubuntu One Music Store will be built into the included Rhythmbox. Or you can take that current 9.04 or 9.10 installation and add install the following:"

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