I found Martin Albisetti’s blog announcing the new music streaming features for Ubuntu One’s music store to be some what funny.
The streaming feature will be part of Ubuntu Ones payed plan. So I ask myself “Why would I want to pay for something I can do for free”. I personally prefer to use Ampache to stream my music collection to my desktop and laptops.
In Martins blog he mentions stream music to your phone:
“In Ubuntu 10.04, we released the music store, and to compliment that, we will be allowing you to stream any music you have in your Ubuntu One account to your iPhone or Android mobile phone.”
So what’s the big deal? Ampache has been able to stream music to the android phone since the release of Karmic!
There is iAmpache for iPhones, Ampache Moble for the Palm Pre, Amdroid for the Android phone, and Ampacheberry for the blackberry. Not to mention if you want to run Ampache as a virtual appliance there is VMampache and ISOampache
It is really easy to add your $HOME/Ubuntu One folder to your Ampache instance. From the web UI go to Admin ->Add a Catalog and provide the path to your Ubuntu One music folder, then click create catalog. Done.
To install Ampache simply do:
sudo apt-get install mysql-server ampache