Writing in her blog CEO Jane Silber said that if Canonical wanted to offer a service it would have to compete on a global scale. For Ubuntu One to continue it require more investment than Canonical are willing to make, she added. Rather than compete with other cloud services that routinely offer substantial amounts of free storage, the company has instead decided to focus efforts on its operating system.
Storage and music are no longer available for purchase from the Ubuntu One Store starting today. Existing customers can use the service until June 1st, while stored content will be available to download through July 30th. Annual subscribers, meanwhile, can expect a prorated refund soon.