> And let me stress the inequitablely high percentage of revenue part of that comment. The offer on the table was for Canonical to _take_ 75% of the revenue from the Amazon storefront they didn't build in an application they don't help develop
I know that we all value software development much more highly than other activities around here, but let me play devil's advocate for a bit. What percentage of Canonical's users would be using banshee if not for Canonical's efforts with Ubuntu? It's clear that some proportion of Ubuntu's user base -- perhaps a large portion, and perhaps especially those who expect to buy music through their music player -- wouldn't have Linux on their desktop if it weren't for Canonical's efforts.
I have plenty of doubts about Canonical's business model, decisions, and whether they really "deserve" their spot as *the* newbie distribution, but some portion of that revenue -- perhaps a very large portion -- really is due to their efforts, one way or another. Just not in developing the app.