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UbuntuOne Music Store – Value for money?

With 7Digital powering the forthcoming UbuntuOne Music Store thoughts will invariably turn to pricing. How much will a track cost? What about an album? Is it cheaper than iTunes? I take a little stroll through the international shopping mall of MP3’s…

Prices Vary

First off these prices are not set in stone and aside from the usual promotions, sales and offers that happen Canonical may have agreed some different pricing strategy with regards to the UbuntuOne Music Store (Highly unlikely, but it’s worth keeping in mind before getting too agitated with prices).

United Kingdom

UK citizens can expect to pay around 79p for a single track and around £7.99 for an entire album.

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These prices, when compared with iTunes UK, are relatively competitive ” most of the time being equal to iTunes although higher than AmazonMP3 charge.

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Random album price checked in the UK using tunechecker.com

United States

Those stateside will find single tracks from 7Digital will cost around 77 cents and albums $7.77. This compares favourably against the iTunes store where tracks cost in the region of either 99¢ or $1.29. Albums on iTunes USA cost in the region of $9.99.

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Canada

Canadians will find themselves punting C$9.99 in the direction of 7Digital for an album and only C$0.77 per track. iTunes Canada charges C$0.99 per track and around C$9.99 per album.

EuroZone

Prices may fluctuate between different Eurozone countries due to taxes or additional costs applicable with certain countries. Prices taken from the German store front level around 75c per track and full albums look to drain your account of around €8,99.

iTunes Germany charges €0.99 per track and €9.99 for an album. 7Digital win again!

Sweden

Over to Sweden now where 14.00 SEK is the average cost of a single track and 95.00 SEK is the going rate for most albums in the Swedish 7Digital store.

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Albums give a good slice of pie for your Kroner compared to average physical disc prices (around 149.00 SEK) and the MP3 competition (around 99.00 SEK per album). Single track prices on 7Digital show less of an incentive to purchase – CDON.Se sell single tracks for only 9.90 SEK…

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and iTunes sell them as low as only 9SEK a piece!

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Good value?

Over-all from my little window-shopping trip it seems 7Digital are ” for the most part ” excellent value when compared to the dominant boys (iTunes, etc). They still don’t beat AmazonMP3, in my territory at least, but the convenience of Rhythmbox and UbuntuOne integration will likely offset the pennies in difference between them.

Check out your 7Digital store (if available) via the links below:

Will 7Digital’s pricing tempt you?