For the longest time, Linux advocates have looked for an alternative to iTunes that would include the big names in Music. For a while, Amazon’s MP3 service was seen as a viable option, but now Ubuntu has released it’s own music store. My first impression of this music store is that it is completely, absolutely awesome.
I expected the typical Linux-friendly music store of little known indie bands and remixes. What I found however, was just about every band that I could search for, including Boston, Guster, and the Black Eyed Peas. Incredible!
Apparently, a company known as 7Digital is providing the music. They’ve broken up song availability into regions (i.e. USA, Germany, EU, etc.). People who are considered by Ubuntu One’s music store to live in the “rest of the world” will not be able to purchase songs from major music labels.
The songs come in the popular MP3 format without DRM.