This morning I woke up to write an article for Ghacks. I was searching around for inspiration while I was updating my Ubuntu 10.4 beta install. Near the end of the update I thought "Let's just check to see the status of the Ubuntu One Music Store". So I fired up Rhythmbox and, to my surprise, there it was...all ready for me to start shopping!
So...with that said, in this article I am going to introduce you to the Ubuntu One Music Store and how it works. It's time for the real fun to begin.
Traditionally when I want to download music, I would hop on to Amazon and enjoy their MP3 download tool. I gave up on iTunes a long time ago (due to DMA and then the difficult to migrate the music to other devices.) Now, I have a new source - one that is well integrated with my operating system - to rely on for music purchases.
In order to enjoy the Ubuntu One Music Store you will first have to have a Ubuntu One account. You will, of course, also need Ubuntu One installed on your system. If you are using 10.4 just make sure you've updated recently. Once you have Ubuntu One installed and an account, you are ready to go.
Fire up the Rhythmbox music player and you will notice the Ubuntu One link in the left navigation. Click on that link to open up the store (see Figure 1). As you can see, the store is laid out very easily. Either search for the song, album, or artist you are looking for or click on the genre you want to peruse.
When you have found something you want to purchase, you will see Download links associated with either individual songs or entire albums (see Figure 2). Of course you can also preview each song. And what I like about the Ubuntu One Music Store preview is that it's quite longer than the snippet you get on iTunes.
When you click on a Download button you will then have the choice to Add More, Enter Voucher (not yet implemented), or Checkout. At the checkout portion you can use either Credit Card or Paypal to purchase your downloads. Thanks to the newly integrated browser in Rhythmbox everything will occur inside of thythmbox during your transaction (even Paypal purchases).
What is really great about this system is that the downloaded files go directly to your Ubuntu One account. So any of your systems that have Ubuntu One installed (and are logged into your account) can sync that music you just purchased. That means you can purchase once and sync to many. That feature alone is worth it's weight in learning Linux! And, with Ubuntu 10.4, Rhythbox will work with iPhones out of the box. Now more having to work over night to get that Apple product syncing.
It's about time a Linux distribution released a product like this. The Ubuntu One Music Store should certainly change the way many people think about Linux. And hopefully, this tool with have more people migrating from those "other" operating systems.
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