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Ubuntu One Music Store for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

In what must be a clear bid to sway more users over from Windows and Mac OS X into using a desktop Linux operating system, or more specifically, Ubuntu, Canonical has invested in a music store service similar to that of Apple’s iTunes.

How will Ubuntu’s new music store work, and what will it mean for desktop Linux computing? Read on to find out more.

It is a well-known fact that migrating from one operating system (OS) to another is seldom an easy task: not only does one have to get familiarized with the new OS’s style and feel, the issue of software incompatibility is also very real: certains apps from one OS may not be available for the other, and in worse cases, alternative applications may not even exist.

Linux users, especially, should be fully aware of such pitfalls: indeed, most users of alternative OSes like Linux often resort to dual-booting in an effort to retain maximum software compatibility on both sides.

However, it would seem that users of the Ubuntu Linux distro may soon have a reason to reduce their dependence on Windows or Mac OS X, because Canonical has announced the availability of the Ubuntu One Music store for the upcoming 10.04 release of Ubuntu, codenamed “Lucid Lynx”.

To access the Ubuntu One Music Store requires that Rythmbox music player be installed in the operating system (which is a non-issue, since Rythmbox is available in all default Ubuntu installations).

Powered by 7Digital, open-source and free software advocates will undoubtedly be pleased to know that the service will not run afoul of any known free software philosophies: all music sold through the Ubuntu One Music Store will not be shackled by any form of DRM (Digital Rights Management), and each song purchased can be “downloaded up to three times on different computers”.

According to Ubuntu, the Ubuntu One Music Store will serve files in mainly the MP3 format, although a few WMA files are to be expected, and that they are working with their partner to have those songs removed as soon as possible.

But all things considered, will such a move be enough to win more people over to the Linux fold? No doubt the inclusion of a music store service similar to that of Apple’s iTunes will help to ease the transition from Windows/OS X to Linux by a significant margin.

And while there’s no denying that Ubuntu is by far the most popualr Linux distribution available, users of the Linux opererating system ususally have a great deal of pride about the lack of vendor lock-in practices, and while unconfirmed, it appears that this will be an Ubuntu-exclusive service, which may not neccessarilly sit well with users of other Linux distributions.

Source: Techie Buzz

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