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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.

Ubuntu One Music Store Top Sellers

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Search the Ubuntu One Music Store for these top selling albums and singles. All items listed may not be available for purchase in all regional stores. Sorry about that.

Top albums

  1. Jack Johnson – To The Sea
  2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
  3. Ministry of Sound – Chilled Acoustic
  4. The National – High Violet
  5. Zac Brown Band – The Foundation
  6. Train – Save Me, San Francisco
  7. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
  8. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  9. Green Day – International Superhits!
  10. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Top singles

  • Jack Johnson – You And Your Heart
  • Train – Hey, Soul Sister
  • Shakira featuring Freshlyground – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – It’s the Official World Cup song!
  • Katy Perry – California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Ke$ha – Your Love Is My Drug

New & Noteworthy

  • Twilight – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Christina Aguilera – Bionic – A Deluxe Version with 23 songs is available.
  • Devo – Something For Everybody – The guys from Akron, Ohio are back with a new album!
  • Tom Petty & the Heardbreakers – Mojo
  • Sarah McLachlan – Laws of Illusion – Catch her on tour this summer throughout North America.
  • Oasis – Time Flies… 1994-2009 – 27 fantastic songs.
  • Drake – Thank Me Later
  • The Steve Miller Band – BINGO! – Also don’t forget the Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hits: 1974-1978. It’s like Frampton Comes Alive – everyone needs it.
  • Morcheeba – Blood Like Lemonade
  • Wilco – A.M. – Wilco’s first album. Heard this last night at a pizza place and it brought back some great memories :)

Ubuntu One Music Store Top Sellers

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Search the Ubuntu One Music Store for these top selling albums and singles.

Top albums

  1. Jack Johnson – To The Sea
  2. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
  3. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  4. Green Day – International Superhits!
  5. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  6. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots
  7. The Black Keys – Brothers
  8. Lady GaGa – The Fame Monster
  9. Florence + The Machine – Lungs
  10. Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms

Top singles

  • Rush – Caravan
  • La Roux – Bulletproof
  • Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dog - California Gurls
  • Lena – Satellite

New Ubuntu One features for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is now available. With this release of Ubuntu, there are many new Ubuntu One features. Here are just a few.

Ubuntu One Music Store
Ubuntu users have access to purchase popular music from all of their favorite artists that make up an expanding catalog of millions of songs available in the Ubuntu One Music Store. Select from top pics and new releases or search for your favorite artist, album or song. Ensure that your computer is setup for sync and launch the store in Rhythmbox for a cloud-enabled shopping experience.

Mobile Contacts Sync
Synchronize your mobile phone address book with your Ubuntu One personal cloud and Evolution on your Ubuntu desktops. Mobile Contacts Sync also enables subscribers to synchronize your Ubuntu One contacts with Thunderbird, Outlook on Windows, and the Mac Address Book.

Ubuntu One Preferences
All subscribers now have more control over their synchronization settings. Launch the Ubuntu One Preferences application to view current personal cloud storage usage, link to support options, manage synchronizing computers, and even control which Ubuntu One features are synchronized on the machine you are currently using.

Sync any folder in your home directory
Right-click on any folder and choose “Synchronize on Ubuntu One”. All of your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS computers can now synchronize your default folders like Documents, Pictures and Music.

Publish files
Easily share files with anyone directly from your Ubuntu desktop. We even provide you with a short URL to use on services like identi.ca, twitter, and facebook.

Infrastructure upgrades
Not only do we have many new features for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the Ubuntu One team spent a great deal of time improving the infrastructure. Subscribers should see faster file and folder synchronization on their desktops as well as a website tools that are snappier.

Ubuntu One provides a free subscription with 2 GB of storage for everyone and a monthly subscription that includes more storage and additional features.

Learn more about all of the great Ubuntu One features and subscription plans.

Ubuntu One Music Store for Banshee

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Thanks to the hard work by Jo Shields you can now enjoy the Ubuntu One Music Store within Banshee! You’ll need to be running Lucid Beta 2 with all the latest and greatest updates. Watch the screencast below for details on how to get this installed.
To download and install the extension, type the following in a Terminal: sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-ubuntuonemusicstore

Better sounding music

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Ubuntu One Music Store sells high quality MP3 songs – most at 256 kbps and some at 320 kbps. One way to enhance your music even further is by using an equalizer. Rhythmbox doesn’t include this functionality out-of-the-box but I found a great plugin that does a fantastic job.

rbeq plugin

rbeq Rhythmbox equalizer plugin

Jorge at The Road to Elysium writes about the rbeq project. I tested it out over the weekend and was very impressed. Unlike some other equalizer plugins I’ve tried, you can make changes without restarting Rhythmbox and can even save presets. The plugin worked well most of the time though I occasionally experienced Rhythmbox crashes. Follow Christopher Kruse at the Corner of Seven blog for news on future updates.

I also made an rbeq equalizer presets file that adds to the existing equalizer settings. After installing rbeq, copy this file to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/rbeq, remove the ‘.txt’ from it, and restart Rhythmbox. I’ve found that the ‘presets’ file sometimes gets deleted so you may want to keep a backup handy.

Music store… be back soon

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Thank you to the Ubuntu One Music Store beta testers. We’ve received lots of great input so far.

We’re doing a bit of maintenance now so the store will be down for a little while. Sorry for the interruption but we’ll be back soon… hopefully later today.

Follow us on identi.ca and twitter for an update on when we’re live again.

UPDATE:

The Ubuntu One Music Store is now back! Thanks for your patience during the brief interruption.

We’re able to identify the few testers who bought music and received an error message earlier today. The music you purchased will be made available over the next day or so. You’ll be able to go to My Downloads in the music store to receive it.

Ubuntu One Music Store now in public beta

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Hello Lucid Testers!

Many in the Ubuntu community are excited about the Ubuntu One Music Store. The ability to search and buy popular music from within Rhythmbox is right around the corner. Today is the day that we are expanding testing by inviting all Ubuntu Lucid users to take part in the public beta of this new feature.

Testing goal

Our primary goal for this phase of testing is to ensure that the purchase and download experience is flawless. Integrating a cloud service like Ubuntu One with buying music is new for digital music stores. While it brings many benefits to users, it also adds technical complexity that increases the opportunity for problems to occur.

Testers must keep in mind that this is a beta test. We are excited to open this feature up for wider testing, but testers must understand that things will break. If something happens preventing a tester from receiving songs, there may be a delay in fulfilling their purchase. The best thing to do is to tell us about the problem using the channels below so we can resolve it quickly.

How to provide feedback

For those of you who want to test the Ubuntu One Music Store, there are a few ways for you to search for and report issues.

  • Search Launchpad [1] for your issue
  • Report new bugs against the Rhythmbox Ubuntu One Music Store project [2]
  • Chat with all beta testers on IRC: #u1msbeta on freenode

These are the primary places that the store developers will be monitoring so directing questions and issues here will ensure that they will be addressed.

The music selection

During the first few days of this expanded testing, some users may notice gaps in the songs available in the store. We are aware of it and are addressing the issue. It should be resolved very soon.

Our catalog will continue to improve and we will also look for efficient ways that users can provide more feedback about improving the selection of songs available.

How to test the store

All Lucid users around the world are invited to participate in this beta test of the Ubuntu One Music Store. If something unexpected happens, you need to tell us about it. The only way that the store will get better for everyone is if you do your part and speak up.

Some areas to test include…

  • MP3 codec detection
  • Search
  • Browse
  • Preview song samples
  • Add items to your basket
  • Checkout and buy process
  • Download to Ubuntu One
  • Sync to your computer
  • Songs added to your Rhythmbox library
  • Review purchase history in My Downloads

MP3 support

Many have had questions about MP3 support for the store and how their computer would play purchased songs. You do not have to purchase any software or codecs to play the songs on your computer. Additional details on this issue are available on the Ubuntu One Music Store FAQ page [3].

How to install the store

If Rhythmbox on your Lucid installation doesn’t already have the Ubuntu One Music Store option, use Software Center to search for and install the plugin. Enable the plugin by going to Edit > Plugins in Rhythmbox.

FAQ

We already provide a lot of great information about the store on the Ubuntu wiki [3]. This area and the FAQ content will be updated with more information as we get additional feedback from your testing.

Thank you for your help in improving the Ubuntu One Music Store for everyone!

The Ubuntu One Team

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/rhythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store
[2] In order for the team to capture the most information about your issue, please file a bug by opening a terminal and typing: ubuntu-bug rhythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store
[3] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/MusicStore 

Can you hear the music?

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Well probably not yet, but the Ubuntu One Music Store is right around the corner.

The team has made great progress since we announced this new Ubuntu feature just a few short months ago at UDSLucid in Dallas. That session was very important for a couple of reasons. It confirmed the community’s interest in having easy access to popular music from within an Ubuntu application. It was also an excellent opportunity to learn some of the community’s concerns and desires. We think we’ve built a music store that everyone will enjoy using at the launch of Ubuntu 10.04 and as it evolves in the future.

There have been some great discussions in blogs and blog comments since bits of the store started appearing in Lucid Lynx Alphas. Now that Lucid Lynx has just passed the Alpha 3 milestone, I thought it was a good time to give everyone a quick update.

The store is currently being thoroughly tested by a small group of users. After we fix some of the initial bugs, we’ll expand testing to a larger group. This should be in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve prepared an FAQ for everyone to learn more about the upcoming music store. Additional information about expanded testing will be posted here so follow this blog or our posts on identi.ca and twitter for more information.