> Canonical on the other hand...hasn't done the work necessary to build a closed platform like Apple has with iOS. Canonical's model relies heavily on the work being done by others in important pieces of their platform stack...in this particular case the upstream Banshee and GNOME developers. So when Canonical wants an inequitable high percentage of the revenue flowing through the banshee application...its both hypocritical and self-destructive. Heavily taxing growing revenue streams for upstream projects your platform is meant to rely on (because you don't have the engineering resources to build your own best of breed integrated applications) is eating your own seed corn for the sake of short term gain.
I think that Canonical and Banshee can both benefit from this arrangement. Canonical will benefit from the potential profits and Banshee can benefit from the massive increase in exposure and support that Canonical can provide them by making them the default player on the premier Linux desktop OS.
If you think it is unlikely that Banshee's Amazon MP3 support support will get discovered if it's disabled by default... imagine how difficult it will be to find when the entire Banshee application is not installed by default.
One of the benefits to using software like Banshee is that it's plug able. Otherwise why use anything other then just Totem or whatever for playing music? From the comment below it indicates that Ubuntu and Banshee folks are quite amicable with this compromise. Ubuntu gave them reasonable terms and the plugin is still there. The ball is now in Gnome and Banshee's court to promote the plugins and other stores that Banshee can support. If they do a good job they should be able to get more money then if Ubuntu left the plugin enabled and did nothing to promote it's usage.
While the potential revenue stream and profitability of something like this is far from assured it's a promising development that people are seeking ways to make decent profits from software without really attempting to restrict user's access to it.
> If Canonical wants to mimic the closed garden revenue stream control that Apple has over iOS,then Canonical needs to go back to square one and build a closed garden that they can control instead of trying to pound an open ecosystem model into a closed garden model...it's a round peg/square hole situation.
Yeah... no. I'd rather they not do that actually. That is much worse then what they are doing now.