Ubuntu One Music Store Is Real and Has Entered Public Beta

As an Ubuntu user, I’ve been following what started out as a rumor a month or so ago into what today is a public beta. The Ubuntu One Music Store is a new service, powered by 7digital, being integrated into Rythmbox as part of the Ubuntu 10.04 release (officially launching this April). If you’re familiar with services like Dropbox, Ubuntu One is the OS’s equivalent service with similar pricing and functionality. Unlike Dropbox, however, Ubuntu One users can now purchase music through the Ubuntu One Music Store and have tracks downloaded directly to their storage cloud and then sync’d to any Ubuntu PC they have tied to their account. In addition, Ubuntu One users can access their music collection from any computer or device via Ubuntu One’s web interface (and I’m guessing 7digital’s “My Locker” online as well). For those unfamilar with 7digital, the music store is an international B2B media service based in London which prides itself in offering the highest quality, DRM-free digital tracks available in multiple formats allowed by the major music labels. 7digital also has its hands in video, audio books, e-books, and media streaming. For more info on Ubuntu One Music Store, check out popey.com’s excellent FAQ.

* New coverage: Ars Technica – Hands-on: Ubuntu One music store will rock in Lucid Lynx

Aside: Ubuntu, for some time now, has offered support for Jamendo and Magnatune in Rythmbox via plugin. If you’re interested in an alternative to 7digital, Amazon has an MP3 downloader for Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and OpenSUSE you can install.

About 7digital’s music catalogue: 7digital have negotiated international agreements with all the leading record labels, including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony Music, to be able to provide you access to a an extensive and versatile catalogue of music tracks, covering not only the latest releases and hits, but also across an extensive range of musical genres.

Content is managed in-house and is updated on a daily basis; the catalogue is constantly growing – at current growth rates we estimate the catalogue will exceed 8.5m tracks by the end of 2009. Between 50,000 and 100,000 tracks are being processed weekly.

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