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Hands-on: Ubuntu One music store will rock in Lucid Lynx

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Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced the official launch of the Ubuntu One music store. Integrated into the Rhythmbox music player in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 release, the store allows users to purchase downloadable songs and albums.

The music store is powered by 7digital, an online music distributor that offers over 4 million songs in the MP3 format without DRM. Canonical partnered with 7digital and developed the software that allows the music store to integrate with Rythmbox and Ubuntu One, the cloud service that Canonical launched last year.

The Ubuntu One music store is accessible through the navigation sidebar in Rhythmbox. When the user clicks on the Ubuntu One item in the sidebar, it will load the store interface in the main area of the Rhythmbox window. The store is basically a webpage that is loaded into an embedded WebKit frame. It's not fully integrated into the Rhythmbox track selection user interface like the Jamendo and Magnutune stores. The WebKit approach feels a bit less seamless, but it's arguably better because it allows a richer presentation. The music store interface shows a lot of album art and other visual elements.

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