We all knew that the Ubuntu One Music Store was coming. It had been in closed beta for quite some time now and all that we knew about it came from the few beta testers. However, today Canonical has released the Ubuntu One Music Store to the public. It is still a beta mind you.
If you had missed all the news surrounding Canonical's new and shiny music store, here is a quick recap about it:
- The Ubuntu One Music Store will be powered by 7digital, a privately owned digital media delivery company based in the UK.
- Tracks offered by 7digital for the Ubuntu One Music Store will be available in MP3 format without any DRM.
- The store is integrated into Rythmbox.
- Region are divided in Ubuntu One Music Store as
- Rest of the EU (i.e. not UK and Germany)
- Rest of the World (i.e. none of the above listed countries)
When Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Beta 1 was releases, Ubuntu One Music Store was not included with it although an icon was included with Rythmbox. However, if you are already using Lucid, you can start using it. To do it do the following:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store
After it has been installed, you can enable it from Edit -> Plugins. Keep in mind that it is still a beta and remember to file any bug if you encounter any.