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iTunes adds Starbucks Hear Music

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu October 5, 2006

iTunes, Starbucks tracks

Apple and Starbucks today announced the availability of the Starbucks Hear Music catalog on the iTunes Music Store, allowing iTunes users to preview, purchase, and download a variety of Starbucks popular Hear Music titles. Hear Music produces a wide range of albums showcasing new and classic artists including the well-known Artist Choice series, Opus Collections, Debut Series releases by emerging artists, as well as new works from major artists. Starbucks Hear Music offerings will be available in a special new Starbucks Entertainment area within the iTunes Music Store, and will include a wide variety of popular content as well as playlists created specifically for iTunes.

"We're excited to work with iTunes to add a significant new digital experience to the innovative buying experience we've been offering in Starbucks locations for more than 10 years," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. "Many of our customers want to listen to our music on their iPods, and now that will be easier than ever."

The Starbucks Entertainment area within iTunes will feature playlists with unique music hand-picked by the same Starbucks Hear Music content team responsible for selecting the music played in Starbucks stores around the world. Playlists and content will be updated frequently and will also include digital versions of many of Hear Music's popular CD series and co-releases such as the Marvin Gaye Opus Collection and Sonya Kitchell's Words Came Back to Me, which was released as part of Starbucks ongoing Hear Music Debut CD series. Customers can purchase either the entire playlist or individual tracks from the Starbucks Hear Music playlists.

"Millions of people enjoy the great music featured at Starbucks locations worldwide, and ask us for it by name," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "Starbucks Hear Music has been a hit with music fans and we're thrilled to add a Starbucks area to iTunes with all this great music online for the first time."

Apple also announced that the iTunes Music Store features 3.5 million songs, 65,000 podcasts, 20,000 audiobooks, over 5,000 music videos, and 220 television shows.

by MacNN Staff





  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iTunes Store, not iTMS

    Just FYI- Apple changed the name to iTunes Store when they started selling full length movies. This article repeatedly refers to it as its' old name- iTunes Music Store. Considering this is a Mac site, I would think the writers would be aware of that. I guess old habits die hard though.

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    good catch, nativenyer

    i'd like to see Pottery Barn music on there too. Good music selections...

  1. christophersj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Watch this space

    Watch this space: it may sound funny, but Starbucks is getting into media big-time. I dont think they are playing around.


  1. iChick

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good addition..

    I've bought several CD's at Starbucks over the years.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MWSF "iShots"

    The One Last Thing™ announcement at MWSF:

    Steve Jobs shows off iShots . . . Get your fix via Intravenous Drip Download technology. Get your caffeine shots for just 99 cents with the Apple/Starbucks optional kit, which plugs into your usb port, and shoots caffeine straight to your solar-plexus. Via iSync, will cross-update your heart rate with your iPod Nano + Nike website . . .


  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes but...

    I do wonder if the sales will be reported correctly? Buying a Starbucks track through iTunes should register as an iTunes sale, not a Starbucks sale. Or even allow them to both share the credit.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: yes but

    I do wonder if the sales will be reported correctly? Buying a Starbucks track through iTunes should register as an iTunes sale, not a Starbucks sale. Spoken like a true mac-fan. Not caring about the deal, the increased presence, marketshare, or income coming in, just whether Apple gets credit for the sale.

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