Ubuntu: The DRM-free digital music store we previously peeked at has now opened to the public — at least the public that's using the Ubuntu 10.04 Beta. It's fairly easy to use and automatically syncs your purchases to your free cloud storage.
Technically, the Ubuntu One store launched late last month, but it must have slipped our attention. As it stands, you'll still need to head to your Software Source menu and enable the copyright-restricted sources to install the necessary MP3 plug-ins, but once you do, buying and downloading music from Ubuntu One is very painless, based on a test purchase of some Jimi Hendrix tracks.
If you're a Linux user who wants to check it out, but aren't ready to make a 10.04 upgrade yet, you can give 10.04 and the music store an easy go with automatic virtual machines through TestDrive.