Canonical plans to set up its own music store for Ubuntu users
Linux distributor Canonical apparently plans to add a DRM-free music store to its Ubuntu One cloud storage platform. The Ubuntu One Music Store is to offer DRM-free and watermark-free MP3 music files which Canonical intends to obtain from media provider 7digital. Rhythmbox has been chosen as the store's audio player, and a suitable plug-in is already in development. This information is provided in the FAQ of an Ubuntu wiki for the new store.
The official launch of the store is likely to coincide with the release of Ubuntu 10.04, aka Lucid Lynx, on the 29th of April; Lucid Lynx is already planned to include the Rhythmbox plug-in for the Music Store. Plug-ins for the Amarok and Banshee audio players are to follow. To use the Music Store, however, Ubuntu users require a (free) Ubuntu One account. Music files will be transferred from the store to the user's personal Ubuntu One storage for subsequent download. A blog by Alan Pope, one of the developers, takes a brief look at the current state of the Ubuntu One Music Store and preparations needed for a forthcoming open beta.