A recent update to the Music lens in Unity has added ‘scope’ for searching the Ubuntu One Music Store.
When searching via the Unity Lens local files are presented, along with tracks purchasable from the Ubuntu One Music Store.
Clicking on an item ‘for purchase’ opens the relevant page in the Ubuntu One Music Store in Banshee.
The Ubuntu One Music store ‘scope’ runs ‘outside of the main unity / compiz process, which limits its impact on the stability of the rest of the system.’, according to David Barth, writing on the the ‘feature freeze exception’ bug report.
“Further, it’s running as an independent process, separate from the normal music lens itself, further limiting impact on the overall Unity infrastructure, in case of timeouts, network or server errors.”
Ubuntu 11.10 testers will gain the new search features in an update shortly.