UBUNTU LINUX DISTRIBUTOR Canonical has announced that it plans to shut down its Ubuntu One music sales and cloud storage services.
Canonical CEO Jane Silber made the announcement on the company's blog on Wednesday, saying, "Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services. This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides.
"However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin."
Silber explained that continuing to offer Ubuntu One cloud storage would require more investment than the company was prepared to make in order to compete with other cloud storage providers on a global scale, "particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage" such as Dropbox.
She said, "We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform and to highlight the best of our partners' services and content.
"As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted."
The terms and other relevant details regarding the shutdown of Ubuntu One music sales and cloud storage services are outlined in the blog post.
Canonical has been roundly criticised by many of its users for including Amazon product recommendations in their Ubuntu Linux desktop search results by default, and just the other day the firm saw the light and announced that it will make that an opt-in 'feature' in future Ubuntu releases. µ
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