Magnatune is an independent record label that aims at treating both its musicians and its customers fairly. There is a Rhythmbox plugin that enables users to browse the Magnatune music store, listen to full tracks, and purchase albums. Our friends at Magnatune decided that 10% of every purchase made through Rhythmbox will go back to the project, and after some discussion, the Rhythmbox team decided to donate this money to the GNOME Foundation.
John Buckman announced yesterday that he will therefore send a $614.20 check to the GNOME Foundation, which was a great surprise! John’s post has some more interesting statistics about how many albums were purchased.
We’re really grateful to Magnatune for their support, and we’d like to also thank the Rhythmbox team for choosing to donate this money to the GNOME Foundation! We think such inventive ways to help fund free software projects are promising, and we will make sure to use this money to help make a difference for the GNOME project. Christophe Fergeau, one of the Rhythmbox hackers, has a post on how you can contribute to improving Rhythmbox with hardware donations.