Ubuntu One Music Store Sneak Peek

Update: It looks like the 3-download limit will be less of an issue. See my more recent post called U1 Music Store – Store Music in U1? for some speculation.

It looks like 7digital are providing the back-end for the Ubuntu One Music Store which is due to land in Ubuntu Lucid at Alpha 3 – real soon now. The screenshots below were taken by me today on my laptop. They’re from Chromium browser, not from the embedded Rhthmbox store. That should be activated soon, and I’d imagine will look similar. Here’s a little screenshot tour.

The landing page clearly has the Ubuntu One branding.

As you’d expect you can easily search for music..

..to find your favourite artist or album..

Download tracks.. In the case of this album it’s available in MP3 format at 320kbps with no DRM

Clicking ‘Download’ adds tracks to your basket..

The store also has support for ‘vouchers’. Pretty sure I recall Elliot Murphy say podcasters should get vouchers for testing the store. ;)

(although perhaps I’ve screwed that with this blog post)

The store supports Credit/Debit cards, Click&Buy and Paypal..

You can also track your existing downloads.

Of course this isn’t ready yet, so we can’t see it in Rhythmbox on Ubuntu yet, but it’s clearly getting there.

Interesting that they’re using 7digital, where it was expected by some that Amazon would be the choice. Also note that you can download each track 3 times on different computers. Of course you could download tracks once, then plop them in your Ubuntu One or Dropbox so they’re synced (and effectively backed up) across your machines.

I’d be interested to hear your opinions of the store in the comments.

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  2. While I’m not an Ubuntu user, this is a killer feature. I would use a live CD or install it on a VM just for this. I only fear that the service might not be available in my country. As of today, 7Digital is available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Swizerland, Sweden, UK and USA.

  3. the 3 download limit thing is as bad as DRM (okay not as bad, but troublesome nonetheless)

    i would love to see a glitzier webpage though for ubuntu music store. other than tht, great initiative, i’m sure it will work wonders for ubuntu both financially as well as in terms of popularity.

  4. Three downloads limit is fine. You couldn’t walk into HMV and take the same CD three times because you lost the previous one. You purachase a track, they provide it to you digitally, you look after it, back it up or something (maybe using the Ubuntu One service that they provide for free!?!).

    But I would like to see OGG by default, being as it is open and supported by the OS by default so it seems the obvious choice, although I don’t imagine this is a Canonical made decision.

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