If you haven’t heard the news yet, Ubuntu 10.04 will feature a Music Store from within the default music player.
The default music player in Ubuntu 10.04 is currently Rhythmbox, but the Music store should be available through other popular music players soon.
Currently in the early Beta stage, Ubuntu’s Music Store (officially named “UbuntuOne Music Store”, poorly named in my opinion) appears to be running smoothly. The only problem I could find with the service was the overall speed of page-loads and initializing downloads for purchased songs.
When you select the tracks you want to download and checkout with them, you’ll be directed to the “My Downloads” section where you can watch the progress of your music being transferred to your UbuntuOne account.
This is the part that had noticeable slowness. I waited between 5-10 minutes before any progress had occurred in my purchase. However, when the song did transfer, it completed in a matter of ~2-3 seconds. I presume the server performance will improve throughout the testing stages and become well stabilized for Ubuntu 10.04 final.
If you’re interested in testing the UbuntuOne Music Store, but don’t want to spend any money just to test it then you’re in luck!
If you find a free track that you like, simply search for it through the Music Store embedded in Rhythmbox and download it!
I’m glad to see the store finally open up, I’m just hoping that they keep a high standard of appearance and keep it clean and simple. In its current form, I’m very impressed.
Now we just need a Genius side bar that works off of the UbuntuOne Music Store selection to suggest new music and music from your current collection!