For the past few years the makers of the Ubuntu Linux operating system have been offering a cloud storage service called Ubuntu One that allows users to upload files, documents and media to the internet and access it across a range of devices including Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu computers or Android or iOS phones and tablets.
Now Canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One.
Effective immediately, users won’t be able to purchase storage space or buy music from the Ubuntu One Store. And starting June 1st, 2014 the service will go offline. Users will have until July 31st to download and save their files before they’re deleted from the Ubuntu One servers.
If you have an active subscription that extends beyond that time, Canonical will refund you for the unused portion.
Canonical says it’s shutting down Ubuntu One for a few reasons. First, the company wants to continue to ensure Ubuntu supports a range of third party contents and services… but second (and likely more importantly), Canonical doesn’t see the point in competing in a marketplace where it’s not going to be particularly competitive going forward.
At a time when competing cloud storage companies are offering gigabytes (or even terabytes) of free storage, trying to make even enough money to break even in the online storage and sync business is pretty tough.