Ubuntu Unveils Web Music Streaming Service

It’s official, Ubuntu has rolled out a Web Music addition to their Ubuntu One service.

An addition to the Ubuntu One “cloud service” now allows all users with a paid subscription to save, store and stream music directly from a web browser. After logging into your  UbuntuOne  control panel, there is a new tab showing off the features, which include offline listening, access to the vast Ubuntu One Music Store and 20GB of storage, with a monthly subscription. Of course there is also a 30 day free trial for the service should you want to try before you buy.

Previous to today, the service was only available from a mobile device running iOS or Android. A free app, available in both the Apple App Store and the Android Market, provided mobile users with a way to stream and access all the content stored in their cloud. Although users have access to the iTunes Cloud and Google Music on their respective handsets, many use alternatives that provide “personalized  radio” based on recommendations, tag matching and “crowdsourced” content such as Spotify and Pandora. Unfortunately UbuntuOne Web Music does not include this, but playlist creation, queue management and shuffle might be enough for you.

It really does seem as if Ubuntu is laying the framework and infrastructure for eventually providing a mobile operating system or partnering with an OEM for shipping U1 services directly on devices. They have a niche market with Ubuntu installations on many personal computers, they have cross-platform sync through a proven cloud service that allows file storage, contact and note sync, and now completely cross-platform music streaming.

Ubuntu says they will continue building out their One service and 2012 will be a big year. The mobile space has been heating up for a long time, and although there might not be any room for a new platform, providing tightly integrated services could be a real differentiating factor for many OEMs. Hopefully Canonical sees this opportunity and can seize it, truly bringing Ubuntu to the masses.

Ubuntu One For Windows Enters Beta

ubuntu one logoUbuntu One, the cloud storage service available with Ubuntu, is coming to Windows as well. The Windows client was first announced at the beginning of 2010 and now it has entered the public beta stage.

Ubuntu One is a cloud storage service which allows users to sync files between different computers and to share it with others. It also has other features like streaming music to Android devices, 7digital Music Store integration etc.

Cristian Parrino of Canonical explains why porting Ubuntu One to Windows is important:

Expanding to Windows is actually a fantastic thing for Ubuntu users. There are many of you out there that use Ubuntu at home and Windows, for example, at work. This platform expansion will make it easier to integrate Ubuntu into more aspects of your digital world.

Right now the Windows client is rather limited in features. It allows for only the basic synchronization of files between Windows computer(s), Ubuntu One personal cloud and Ubuntu computer(s).

In the coming months Canonical plans to add new features like:

  • Automatic sync when files change
  • Information about your account, added devices, and more finite sync settings
  • Sync folders outside of the Ubuntu Onefolder
  • Enhanced desktop sync notifications
  • Support for contacts, notes and bookmarks
  • Support for notes and the music store – Tomboy and Banshee as optional components of the application installation

Ubuntu One for Windows is under limited trials now. If you uses both Windows and Ubuntu, you can click here to request access.

[via: Ubuntu One Blog]

Shutter Version 0.86.3 adds support for Ubuntu One

Linux has few good screenshot apps and Shutter is one of them. It allows us to capture screenshots of the whole screen, a particular application, a region or any menu. Apart from that, it can also apply some effects and draw shapes on the captured image to create illustrations. The best thing about Shutter is that it allows complete control with GUI without any scary command line controls.


Shutter version 0.86.3 has brought a new feature. From now on, we can synchronize the captured screenshots on our Ubuntu One cloud storage.

Ubuntu One is a storage application and service operated by Canonical Ltd. and currently in public beta. The service enables users to store and sync files in a Canonical Managed Cloud.

The latest feature of publishing at Ubuntu One cloud works only for Ubuntu 10.04 or later. The support can be added by running:

sudo apt-get install libnet-dbus-glib-perl

from the terminal.

Other changes in the recent version of Shutter, include a new icon set and some  bug-fixes. Romario, at the release announcement page, has answered some comments. From there, it is evident that the next imminent feature is the ability to capture screenshots of scrolling windows and to capture a screen area repeatedly with a predefined delay. This can make Shutter an excellent tool for creating step-by-step tutorials.

(Shutter about Page)
(Via : Unixmen)
(Image via: http://zibergela.bitarlan.net)

Ubuntu One Music Store is Official

The Ubuntu One Music Store will be available by default with Rythmbox music player in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. The music store will have awesome plugin support as well.

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One shortcoming here is that very few of us actually use Rythmbox. I have spent a larger part of my life looking for alternative music players and have settled for Amarok. So, the Music Store will probably be a widely known but less used feature.

The Music Store will be powered by 7Digital which offers a large selection of songs without DRM protection. This makes them an instant hit with many people who hate DRM. The songs purchased through the music store will be available in a 256 Kbps bitrate and will be of high quality. The store has a variety of payment option and buying music is a lot easier. The user can search for a particular track by artist, genre, album and track.

The service requires us to have a Ubuntu One account and all purchases are made through the account. The account is available for free and offers a cloud backup of 2 GB. This can synchronize all our data across computers. Another interesting fact is that each song can be downloaded three times on different computers.

As more and more users are getting interested in this, they are questioning the lack of flac and ogg formats. I guess, MP3 is the way of the world and the rightful choice.