"Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution,
has announced the official launch of the Ubuntu One music store.
Integrated into the Rhythmbox music player in the upcoming Ubuntu
10.04 release, the store allows users to purchase downloadable
songs and albums.
"The music store is powered by 7digital, an online music
distributor that offers over 4 million songs in the MP3 format
without DRM. Canonical partnered with 7digital and developed the
software that allows the music store to integrate with Rythmbox and
Ubuntu One, the cloud service that Canonical launched last
"The Ubuntu One music store is accessible through the navigation
sidebar in Rhythmbox. When the user clicks on the Ubuntu One item
in the sidebar, it will load the store interface in the main area
of the Rhythmbox window. The store is basically a webpage that is
loaded into an embedded WebKit frame. It's not fully integrated
into the Rhythmbox track selection user interface like the Jamendo
and Magnutune stores. The WebKit approach feels a bit less
seamless, but it's arguably better because it allows a richer
presentation. The music store interface shows a lot of album art
and other visual elements."