Canonical Debuts Ubuntu One Music Store for the Web

Ubuntu’s top priority may be knocking Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) off its pedestal, but the Linux distribution — and the company backing it, Canonical — are increasingly following scripts from Apple‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) playbook to achieve that goal. Most recently, Ubuntu developers introduced an updated version of the Ubuntu One Music Store. iTunes it is not, but it does its part to extend Canonical’s reach that much further beyond its core operating system product in the same way Apple did by diversifying into new channels. Here’s why this matters more than you might think.
The music store associated with the Ubuntu One file syncing service, of course, is nothing new. It has been around since the release of version 10.04 of Ubuntu more than two years ago. But whereas users traditionally had to fire up the Rhythmbox media player application to buy songs, as of this week they can also do the same directly from the browser of their favorite computing device.
That enhancement makes sense for several reasons. For starters, having to run an offline desktop application to buy media files that live in the cloud always seemed a little ironic for me. Now, while users can still access the store via

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