Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

Summary: Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has introduced an app. to let people stream music from the Ubuntu One cloud to their iPhones and iPods

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Linux and Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads usually get along about as well as cats and dogs. Oh sure, you can root a jailbroken iPhone to boot Linux, but that's just a stunt. And, if you don't mind living dangerously, you can use the popular Linux music application Banshee to manage your music collection on iPhones or iPods. Generally speaking, though, when you try to bring Linux and Apple devices together, the fur flies. Until now. Today, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux introduced an iPhone streaming music app that lets you stream music from the Ubuntu One cloud to iPhones and iPod.

According to Canonical, "The new Ubuntu One Music Streaming app for iPhone comes packed full of great functionality and an elegant new UI, so you can wirelessly sync your entire music collection saved to your Ubuntu One personal cloud. Along with supporting MP3?s and non-DRM iTunes song formats we've made managing your music on the fly easy, so you can browse and search by artist, album, or song title. You can also build and listen to playlists and control your listening with skip, shuffle and repeat functions."

I've tried it on a friend's iPhone--I use a Droid 2 with Android 2.2 myself--and it worked just fine. As advertised, even though the main music library is on the Ubuntu One cloud I was able to listen to music off-line and the music streaming didn't meet a beat-on a Verizon 3G connection-after I had talked to a friend during a test call.

The application itself is free. To use music streaming you need to subscribe to the Ubuntu One cloud music streaming service. That costs $3.99 per month and also gives you 20GBs of cloud storage for your media. Not sure if it's for you? You can try the music streaming service for a month for free. If you just want to use the Ubuntu One cloud for ordinary file storage, the first 5GB of storage is still free.

What would really be neat would be if Apple would open up its hardware application programming interfaces (API)s so that developers could write applications to natively manage iPads, iPhones and iPods from Linux and other operating systems. But, since that's never going to happen, this is probably as close as we're ever going to get to a native Linux application to mange our music on our Apple devices. Perfect? No. Better than nothing? Oh yes.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, iPhone, Linux, Mobility, Open Source, Software

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  • It'll work until Apple figures out they are losing money

    Once Apple figures out this application allows people to use anything other than iTUNES, they'll push a patch that will magically break the app. or, maybe they'll just turn it off because of the RISK of DRM issues.
    Cynical99
    • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

      @Cynical99

      Don't see a problem as there are several music apps like rdio on the iPhone. Pretty sure Dropbox lets you stream your music.
      maskman01
    • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

      @Cynical99 Apple already knows all about the Ubuntu One Music app as it is available in their iPhone App Store here:<br><br><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ubuntu-one-music/id396331607?mt=8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ubuntu-one-music/id396331607?mt=8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ubuntu-one-music/id396331607?mt=8</a></a><br><br>Might want to remember that Apple curates the apps in their App Store.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Nice.

    Ubuntu is my favourite OS.
    root12
    • It is ..

      @root12 .. very elegant as Linux flavors go. A great flagship, desktop OS that advertises some of the best traits in Linux.<br><br>Have you tried Linux Mint or PCLinuxOS? There is some very nice optionality in those flavors also. This Ubuntu One streaming app just adds another great option into the mix.<br><br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
      thx-1138_
    • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

      @root12 look into elementary os as well. their upcoming luna looks delicious.
      xeptf4
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    shidu
  • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

    Nice Idea
    scottc7799
  • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

    A nice idea, but in the long term, they'll probably be able to create far more app capability for Android devices than for the iPhone. After all, it's really an app to complement Ubuntu's Music store, not simply one to complement its cloud storage service. At the very least, I now know that Ubuntu's going to play quite nicely with the Android phones by the time I finally buy one (or two). At some point, a future Ubuntu One app for Android will likely allow music purchases to be made via the phone app from the Ubuntu One Music store, but that feature will never be tolerated by Apple. We all know the extent to which Apple freaks out when the slightest possibility of competition arises.
    eMJayy
    • That's not entirely accurate

      @eMJayy <i>" ... A nice idea, but in the long term, they'll probably be able to create far more app capability for Android devices than for the iPhone. "</i><br><br>.. not if Google lose to both Oracle and Apple through litigation, they won't. <br><br>Basically, it's a time of <i>"please hold all tickets"</i>, in simplest terms: we'll see if Android even exists (mid-long term) - if Google gets k'od in court. Let's hope they do survive relatively intact.<br><br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
      thx-1138_
  • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

    So Ubuntu basically copied Apple's "cloud" service that requires another app even though the people with iPhones and iPads and iTouches can do this without Ubuntu?

    For an OSS guy, you're pretty biased.
    kyleoster
  • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

    You're a tool.
    kyleoster
  • What does Linux have to do with this?

    The app is not written in Linux, all it is doing is streaming from a Linux server. Facebook runs on Linux and there is an iPhone app for it, so would that indicate that "Linux conquers the iPhone"?

    :|
    Tim Cook
  • And just how easy does Microshaft make any of this?

    What Microshaft products run on Linux, Doh!
    GoPower
    • RE: Ubuntu Linux makes musical friends with the Apple iPhone

      @GoPower

      Does the name WINE ring a bell ?
      bitrate