Canonical today said it is shutting down Ubuntu One file services, removing users’ ability to store files or buy music from the cloud platform.
“As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store,” Canonical CEO Jane Silber wrote. “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 Ubuntu One file services code will be released as open source software, and customers with active subscriptions will receive refunds. Canonical said it will contact customers and publish further posts on how they can download their content.
Ubuntu One offered 5GB of free storage, music streaming, and the ability to purchase and download songs.
Ubuntu One will survive in a much more limited form. “The shutdown will not affect the Ubuntu One single sign on service, the Ubuntu One payment service, or the backend U1DB database service,” Silber wrote.
Silber called it a “tough decision” but said that Canonical needs to focus on its most “strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin.” The top priority is building a “converged operating system for phones, tablets, desktops.”
“Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage,” Silber wrote. “If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make.”