Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Music Store discontinued in Rhythmbox

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Since launching the Ubuntu One music store on the web there has been a steady flow of traffic to the web store and away from the store embedded in Rhythmbox on Ubuntu. The music store in Rhythmbox is operated separately from the one on the web, which means it requires a fair amount of additional work to keep it running smoothly. In order to make the music store better for everyone, regardless of what device they may be using at any given moment, we’re focusing on the web music store and removing the store from Rhythmbox in Ubuntu 13.04 as well as from previous releases, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10 via a stable release update. With this change, all Ubuntu One music purchases will be made at https://one.ubuntu.com/music-store instead of in Rhythmbox. Your purchases will still automatically be delivered to your cloud storage, download to your computer and be available in Rhythmbox. Of course, if you have a music streaming subscription, you can also stream all your music from the web, Android, or iOS.

Update to Music Streaming for Android

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A handy update this week to our Music Streaming app for Android, tons of small bug fixes have been made that will improve overall performance and a demo mode has been added.

So, what’s this ‘demo mode’?…. I hear you ask. Well,  it’s a way to play around with our Music Streaming app without having to sign up to the Music Streaming subscription and upload your own music beforehand. The demo mode lets you stream from 98 free tracks instantly with no commitment, so you can sample Music Streaming for Android straight away. The app itself is free to download and demo, if you like all the great features such as offline listening and want to continue to use it you’ll have to add on a Music Streaming subscription. This plan is great value at just $3.99 per month, which now includes 20GB of storage built in so you can continue to grow your music collection. You still get a 30 day free trial and on top of that if you sign up for twelve months you only pay $39.99, so that’s an additional two months for free.

Happy listening!

Also, just a quick reminder about our App Developer evening on Thursday at Manchester Metropolitan University, where Stuart Langridge will be talking Ubuntu One apps from 7pm , it’s free and there’s still time to register. Hope to see you there.

New Music Streaming app for iPhone, finally it’s here!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A few weeks ago we told you that we’d submitted our shiny new Music Streaming iPhone app, well after some time doing the ‘app review dance’ with Apple we’re pleased to tell you it’s now live and ready for you to download

The new Ubuntu One Music Streaming app for iPhone comes packed full of great functionality and an elegant new UI, so you can wirelessly sync your entire music collection saved to your Ubuntu One personal cloud. Along with supporting MP3′s and non-DRM iTunes song formats we’ve made managing your music on the fly easy, so you can browse and search by artist, album, or song title. You can also build and listen to playlists and control your listening with skip, shuffle and repeat functions.

What makes it perfect for everyday use is that you can listen offline without a connection and enjoy your favorite songs at the gym, on that run, commute or flight. No need to worry if you get a call half way through your favourite chorus, as it will automatically resume playing when you’ve finished your call.

You can try the Ubuntu One Music Streaming on iPhone free for 30 days, after the free trial period expires Music Streaming is just $3.99 per month which now has 20GB of storage included in the price. Plus if you sign up for 12 months you get 2 months for free!

So what are you waiting for?!….Simply download from the App store and try it free for 30 days.

Happy listening!

Ubuntu One Music on Android just got a whole lot better

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The Ubuntu One team are feeling the joys of Spring, because after several months working hard we’ve got some great news about updates to our Android Music app, which don’t forget works anywhere in the world!

The first thing you’ll notice in the new UI is album art so you will now see any saved album covers. Managing your playlists is now even easier as you can create, edit and delete playlists straight from your device. Those of you with lots of music will notice the overall speed improvement, meaning you can enjoy your huge music collection without any long waits. Plus, we have also added support for non-DRM iTunes songs so that you can stream songs you’ve purchased from iTunes just as easily as your MP3s, bringing all your music together.

Album view Playlist view Playing paylist

In addition many of you requested this next feature so we’re sure you’ll be pleased that we now support songs in Ogg Vorbis format so you can stream your collection of Ogg music natively, without the need to convert it to another format. If you’re a developer you may be interested in knowing that playlists are stored in your CouchDB database allowing you to write applications that read/write to them.

So that’s faster access to more of your music wherever you are in the world. The latest version 1.2 is now available in the Android market, happy listening and watch this space for upcoming updates to our iPhone app.

Enjoy!

- Martin and the web & mobile team

Yet another way to enjoy Ubuntu One music streaming: the home entertainment experience!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Are you the kind of person that wants to listen their extensive Barry White collection on their big living room speakers?

There are a variety of complex ways to do this but Ubuntu One offers an easy solution for iPhone users. All you’ll need is Ubuntu One Music (part of the Ubuntu One Mobile add-on) on an iPhone running iOS 4.2 and an audio/video component that supports AirPlay. Devices such as Apple TV and stereo electronics from DenonMarantz, or iHome (US links) are available now or coming soon to a store near you.

Setup is easy and does not require an update to the Ubuntu One Music app.

  1. Follow the instructions to connect your AirPlay device to your network and television.
  2. Launch Ubuntu One Music on your iPhone and start playing a song from your synced mp3 collection.
  3. The volume slider at the bottom of the screen has a new icon on the right. Clicking the icon enables you to choose where to output your audio. Select your Apple TV and after a few seconds you’ll start to hear “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” from your speakers.

All of the app’s controls still function so you can pause, skip, or browse over to your Teddy Pendergrass favorites. You can be anywhere in the house and control what’s streaming from your Ubuntu One personal cloud.

Remember that Ubuntu One Mobile will stream all of your mp3s that are in your personal cloud whether they’re purchased from the Ubuntu One Music Store or synced from your personal collection.

Ubuntu One Music for iPhone with AirPlay

Ubuntu One Music Streaming…On Video!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The Ubuntu One Mobile plan gives you the ability to stream any music in your personal cloud to your iPhone or Android phone. Watch as Josh shows you how easy it can be to keep your music with you, everywhere you go, with Ubuntu One!

Ubuntu One Mobile, now with music streaming, is here!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

It’s finally here. Ubuntu One users can now add music streaming to the long list of things that we offer. This is a big step for us and our goal of creating useful services around your content.

We have to thank the Android beta testers who provided great feedback, identified important bugs and streamed enough songs to their phones to help us identify ways that we should improve our infrastructure.

Testing in the wild and sharing the code with everyone has yielded another benefit – feature contributions. We didn’t expect it, but the Ubuntu One Music app for Android will also include last.fm Scrobbling support. Special thanks to Scott Ferguson for that contribution… even before the app was released!

Find out more about Ubuntu One Mobile and music streaming at one.ubuntu.com/mobile.

Ubuntu One Music for Android and iPhone