Majors and independant music labels still not available in most EU countries
The Ubuntu One Music Store, integrated in Rhythmbox via 7Digital service, is launched since more than 2 years now, and it is a good offer for those who want to legally buy music, store it and synchronize between computer and smartphone.
I pay for the second year the Ubuntu One service, to have backup and music streaming.
It works fine, but there is a big problem. I live in France, and most of the majors / independant labels are NOT available for purchase in Rhythmbox Ubuntu One Music Store ! There are only for users in USA, United Kingdom and Germany :
This is completely stupid, in 2012, as there is no technical reason for that : music comes without DRM, it works fine in UK / USA / Germany. Also french website of 7Digital has all the music labels.
But why not Ubuntu One ? Sony Music, Universal and lots of independant labels are not in Ubuntu One Store. Warner is, but the most recent albums (2010-2012) do not appear for french people.
I made a complete explanation in this PDF document (12 Mo) : http://
It's in french but easily understandable as there are many screenshots.
To resume : if I connect with my normal french IP address, I have access to quasi-no artist. If I use a VPN with a UK IP, there it's perfect, all the majors / independant labels and artists are available for purchase.
So : there must be a problem of rights management and authorization for geographical zones between Canonical, 7Digital and music labels, but since 2 years nobody can answer my questions.
On 26th November 2011, on the "Capitole du Libre" party, MM. Rick Spencer (who made a conference) and Didier Roche from Canonical where there, I asked them who in Canonical was in charge of such negociations with 7Digital / music labels, they did not know.
Today Ubuntu is a mature, perfect operating system in order to work, play, chat, have a full multimedia experience : there is no reason that french or other european clients are excluded from legal music offer - and Canonical could earn more money if Ubuntu One Store was worldwide available.
Today, I have a discussion with a french music group, Tryo, to whom I reported the problem : I can not buy its last album (27th August 2012) from french Rhythmbox store. There are the first to answer me :
I explained him the difference between website and Ubuntu One Music Store, he reported the problem to Sony Music, I hope to get an answer soon. But what contact should I give them at Canonical / 7Digital to help resolving this annoying bug ?
Thanks in advance.
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