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Roberta Nilerud

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.

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Joshua Hoover

Last month was a big one for Ubuntu and Ubuntu One. For Ubuntu One, in addition to all the improvements we made in Ubuntu 11.04, we also released substantial improvements to contacts on the web, including Facebook import. Our attention now turns to contacts sync for mobile devices.

We’re working on completely revamping contacts sync for mobile to give you an overall better experience. The new service will work with mobile devices running iOS or Android operating systems. We decided to focus on these two operating systems so we can deliver the best user experience without having to limit functionality to the lowest common denominator. The new service will be free and available later this year. If you are interested in testing the new service, please add your email address to this form and we will provide you with more info once the service is ready for testing.

As of June 1, 2011 the current Ubuntu One contacts sync for mobile will no longer be active. We’re stopping support for our current service so we can focus our energy on launching a much better service sooner than we could otherwise.

What happens to my contacts?
Contacts will continue to sync between Evolution and Ubuntu One. Your contacts will still be available via the web. For those who use the current contacts sync service on their phone or with the Funambol plugin for Outlook/Thunderbird this means contacts will no longer sync with Ubuntu One after May 31, 2011.

What if I’m a mobile package subscriber and only use it for syncing contacts?
For those who have the Ubuntu One mobile package and only use it for contacts sync, please contact us and we will provide a refund for all your mobile package charges as well as cancel your mobile package subscription. For those who use music streaming, please continue to enjoy music streaming and you will have the ability to sync contacts later this year.

We realize this transition may leave some of you with further questions, if that’s the case please contact us.

Thanks for your patience. Now it’s back to work on getting the new mobile contacts service out ASAP.

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Martin Albisetti

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

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Joshua Hoover

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!

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Matt Griffin

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

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Matt Griffin

After over a year’s worth of feedback from users like you and a clear view of where we want to take Ubuntu One in the future, we’ve just made some changes to the Ubuntu One service offering and pricing plans.

For starters, we will no longer offer the 50 GB plan to new subscribers. Everyone will get the basic plan and then have the option to add various ‘add-ons’ of services and storage as needed. But here are the details:

Ubuntu One Basic – available now
This is the same as the current free 2 GB option but with a new name. Users can continue to sync files, contacts, bookmarks and notes for free as part of our basic service and access the integrated Ubuntu One Music Store. We are also extending our platform support to include a Windows client, which will be available in Beta very soon.

Ubuntu One Mobile – available October 7th
Ubuntu One Mobile is our first example of a service that helps you do more with the content stored in your personal cloud. With Ubuntu One Mobile’s main feature – mobile music streaming – users can listen to any MP3 songs in their personal cloud (any owned MP3s, not just those purchased from the Ubuntu One Music Store) using our custom developed apps for iPhone and Android (coming soon to their respective marketplaces). These will be open source and available from Launchpad. Ubuntu One Mobile will also include the mobile contacts sync feature that was launched in Beta for the 10.04 release.

Ubuntu One Mobile is available for $3.99 (USD) per month or $39.99 (USD) per year. Users interested in this add-on can try the service free for 30 days. Ubuntu One Mobile will be the perfect companion to your morning exercise, daily commute, and weekend at the beach – we’re really excited to bring you this service!

Ubuntu One 20-Packs – available now
A 20-Pack is 20 GB of storage for files, contacts, notes, and bookmarks. Users will be able to add multiple 20-Packs at $2.99 (USD) per month or $29.99 (USD) per year each. If you start with Ubuntu One Basic (2 GB) and add 1 20-Pack (20 GB), you will have 22 GB of storage.

All add-ons are available for purchase in multiple currencies – USD, EUR and, recently added, GBP.

Users currently paying for the old 50 GB plan (including mobile contacts sync) can either keep their existing service or switch to the new plans structure to get more value from Ubuntu One at a lower price.

We know that you will enjoy these new add-ons as well as the performance enhancements we’ve made to Ubuntu One in recent months. If you have questions, our recently updated support area is a great place to start. There you’ll find a link to the current status of Ubuntu One services, a link to our frequently updated list of frequently asked questions, and a way to send us a direct message. As always, you can also ping the team on IRC (#ubuntuone in freenode). We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

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Matt Griffin

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.

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Matt Griffin

We had a very successful public alpha for Mobile Contacts Sync and have to thank the many that participated for their valuable feedback. Mobile Contacts Sync is now an improved service and we’re ready to move to beta.

In case you don’t know about it, this service enables you to synchronize your mobile phone with your Ubuntu One personal cloud. We support 1000s of mobile phones so chances are that your phone will work. We even have an iPhone client and support Android 2.0 devices.

For those of you that participated in the alpha, we will reset your 30-day trial on Monday, May 3rd, so you can continue to use the service for another 30 days.

If you haven’t used Mobile Contacts Sync yet, it is available to everyone. All free Ubuntu One subscribers can even try the feature for 30 days at no charge.

Learn more about it at the Ubuntu One website.

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Joshua Hoover

While we provide contacts sync out of the box for Evolution, some users prefer to use other email clients like Mozilla’s Thunderbird. Up until recently, there wasn’t an option to synchronize your contacts in Thunderbird with Ubuntu One. Now that we offer mobile contacts sync there is a way to do this. In order to try syncing your Thunderbird contacts you’ll need to use a 30-day free trial of our mobile sync service. If you decide you like it, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid plan. Along with mobile contacts sync, which provides syncing contacts across many mobile phones in addition to Thunderbird contacts syncing, you’ll get 50 GB of storage with a paid plan. Ready to try out syncing Thunderbird contacts with Ubuntu One? Sign up for Ubuntu One and follow these step-by-step instructions on our wiki.

Funambol Thunderbird client sync success screenshot

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Matt Griffin

Along with the start of the mobile contacts sync public alpha test, we’re also happy to announce the availability of the Ubuntu One Contacts sync application in the iTunes App Store. iPhone users can join the public alpha by downloading the application for free and adding their phone sync username and password. The other sync configuration settings are pre-populated in the app.

Again, since this is a test, we encourage you to backup your contacts before synchronizing. Please review the Phone Sync FAQ and report all testing results (the good and the bad) at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/PhoneSync/.

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Matt Griffin

We’re excited to finally make this announcement. For over a year now, the Ubuntu One team has been working on an address book contacts synchronization service that will raise the bar for what’s currently available on Linux desktops.

Getting contacts on CouchDB and replicating between desktops and the cloud was the first big step. The second, and much bigger step, is to actually get those contacts from and to mobile phones. To achieve this, we have partnered with a company called Funambol, who share our views on open source, and have an established a proven software stack that synchronizes thousands of mobile phones and other devices. Funambol has built a community around different client plugins, virtually supporting the majority of the existing software on all platforms that have contacts (Thunderbird, Outlook, Mac OS X Mail, etc). We are excited to be working with them.

Due to the costs of implementing the Funambol server, the phone synchronization service will only be part of Ubuntu One paid plans. But everyone (free and paid users) will have the opportunity to try the service and get all of their contacts onto their desktop for free with a 30-day trial!. The 30 days will only start counting once Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is released at the end of April.

More information about the mobile contacts synchronization service can be found at the Phone Sync FAQ.

Right now we’re at a stage where we feel confident opening up the service for wider testing. Before joining the test, we strongly recommend that you backup your contacts since we’ve only tested with a hand-full of phone models at this point.

We’re still ramping up our servers to support new record level loads, so we expect the next week or two to be a bit bumpy. We should have these infrastructure improvements ready before the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release.

All of the information to start testing is available at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/PhoneSync/. No matter how successful or unsuccessful the mobile contacts synchronization is for you, we would like to ask everyone to please fill out the test cases. They are critical to improving this new service for everyone.

At this point of testing, we favor IRC chats (freenode, #ubuntuone) rather than creating new bugs in Launchpad. We would feel better if the developers filed the bugs with the proper debugging information rather than having dozens of bugs we can’t act on. This will change in the near future, but for this stage, it’s easier for us.

Thank you! We look forward to getting your testing results.

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