Canonical has launched a new app that allows iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to stream music from the cloud to their mobile devices. The new iOS version of the Ubuntu One Music app comes a few weeks after the launch of a similar app for Google Android.
The Ubuntu One service is a cloud-based synchronization service which lets you backup and synchronize your data between a computer running Ubuntu Linux and a cloud-based storage solution. That way you can access your files on the go or restore from a backup.
Unfortunately, while Ubuntu One offers users 2GB of free storage and only charges if you need more disk space, the Ubuntu One Music app requires a subscription fee of $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year. There is a 30 day free trial though.
I suppose Ubuntu One Music is cheaper than signing up for a $10/month music-on-demand service, but only if you already have a huge collection of MP3 files you want to upload and stream to your mobile device.
The user interface is a bit sparse at the moment, but Canonical plans to add support for album art in a future release. Support for OGG and AAC files and caching for offline listening are also on the way.
Ubuntu One Music is available as a free download from the App Store.
via Download Squad