Canonical’s Ubuntu One service is a cloud-based storage service that lets Ubuntu Linux synchronize and backup files from their desktop. The company has also released mobile apps that let you access your files and stream media on Android and iOS devices. Now Canonical has gone one step further and added support for AirPlay to its iOS app.
What that means is you can upload music to the cloud from your Ubuntu Linux computer, and then use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to either listen to that music — or to stream it directly to an Apple TV or other supported device on your home network.
All you have to do to open the AirPlay menu on the Ubuntu One Music app is hit the little square icon to the right of the volume bar and select Apple TV (or another device) from the list. You can continue to use your iOS device to play, pause, and skip tracks.
The Ubuntu One Music app is available as a free download from the App Store, but you’ll need to pay for an Ubuntu One subscription if you plan to store more than 2GB of data in the cloud.