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Apple and Starbucks to give away 1.5 million free songs per day during promotion

With the release of the new line of iPods that feature built-in WiFi, Apple also announced its new wireless music store. The Apple wireless music store allows users of the WiFi equipped devices to buy music online from any WiFi hotspot.

Apple also recently announced a deal with coffee giant Starbucks to provide WiFi connectivity to Apple's new wireless music store to allow customers to buy songs while drinking coffee at a retail location.

Today Apple and Starbucks announced a promotion that will give away 50 million songs via iTunes. The giveaway covers all domestic Starbucks retail loactions and cards will be given away to customers that allow for downloading a “song of the day” from iTunes free of charge. Starbucks and Apple say about 1.5 million of the cards will be given away each day at the more than 10,000 Starbucks locations in the United States.

The free songs will be from 37 different artists including Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, who were the first two artists to sign onto the Starbucks campaign. Other artists include Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Annie Lennox, and Band of Horses. The first song to be given away will be a track from Bob Dylan called “Joker Man."  The promotion will run from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7.

The wireless service from Apple and Starbucks will be available at 600 Starbucks stores in Seattle and New York on October 2 with service rolling out in San Francisco in early November. Starbucks says the service will be available in a quarter of its 10,000 domestic stores by the end of 2009.

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2 lifestyles
By Mitch101 on 9/24/2007 6:59:59 PM , Rating: 1
A comparison was done not long ago and they reviewed coffee from many different places and the company that produced the best tasting coffee was none other than McDonalds. I would have thought dunkin donuts but the more I thought about it McDonalds does brew a good cup of coffee I don't have to get out my car for.

McDonald's Tops Starbucks in Coffee Taste Test

Another fact is when McDonalds puts in a McCafe (Which is a McDonalds coffee house) that a starbucks cannot be found anywhere near one because when they did this in Cary North Carolina the starbucks went out of business. Have you ever seen a starbucks go out before? Me neither but McDonalds doesn't should do this nationwide.

I do wish I would have come up with the idea that people would be dumb enough to pay $4.00 for a cup of coffee that has 5 cents of whip cream and a squeeze of caramel in it. But then people who drink $4.00 coffee and buy ipods IQ is about 50 points higher than mine or at least they think and act like they are. :) I guess they don't seem to grasp the concept they can brew the same coffee at home for pennies on the dollar and save a ton of cash in the process or buy an expensive coffee maker. But I guess long lines of stupid people are much more appealing. After all a kid working in a coffee shop is such a genius over the kids that work at McDonalds.

Finally for once I would like to throw those friggin tip jars at these idiots who do nothing more than pour a cup of coffee? He is someone who does less than pops the cap off my beer bottle at a bar. But I tip my bartender well. Dont tip these beggers its rude to of them to have tip jars in the first place.

RE: 2 lifestyles
By hunter44095 on 9/24/2007 8:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
Its possible to buy a coffee for $1.40 at Starbucks and put as much cream/milk/sugar in as you want. Not everybody gets suckered into the $4 drinks.

I believe you are paying for a place to meet others or get away from work. (The coffee at my work is from a machine without real filters).

Also, you can't sit in a gas station or McDonalds and enjoy your coffee. Those places sometimes attract the wrong kind of people and sometimes chaos.

RE: 2 lifestyles
By kenji4life on 9/24/2007 8:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
Even more anecdotal (word?) is the fact that many of the coffee chains that starbucks bought out (instead of putting out of business) such as seattle's best produce a cup of coffee far superior. The starbucks training program compared to seattle's best's is somewhat like comparing the slicing of an apple to the processing of an orange into a good juice.

Seattle's best may make better coffee than starbucks, but starbucks still signs their paycheck...

RE: 2 lifestyles
By Silver2k7 on 9/25/2007 4:23:47 AM , Rating: 2
"Seattle's best may make better coffee than starbucks, but starbucks still signs their paycheck... "

What do you mean here exactly.. that Starbucks own this chain ?

Or that they where inspired by Starbucks and opened their own version..

RE: 2 lifestyles
By kenji4life on 9/25/2007 7:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
My point was that most coffee houses make a superior cup of coffee to starbucks. Seattle's Best, which some years ago was purchased by starbucks still makes a good cup. The management, hiring requirements and training, and ethics are different from starbucks. starbucks recognizes that people like seattle's best and don't want it to change, but how long that will last only time will tell. I noticed this month when I was in Europe that fortunately, starbucks has had a tougher time ousting local coffee companies. That doesn't mean of course that there still isn't a starbucks within range just about anywhere you go in the world. Next to walmart, it's growing faster than most indy companies can handle.

RE: 2 lifestyles
By murphyslabrat on 9/24/2007 9:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
I do wish I would have come up with the idea that people would be dumb enough to pay $4.00 for a cup of coffee that has 5 cents of whip cream and a squeeze of caramel in it.

There is more to it than that: Starbuck's sells an experience. Seriously, that's what you're paying for when you get a coffee. It is the same in nearly every coffee house, you are paying for the music, paint, and lighting, you are paying not for coffee but for a quiet and pleasant place to read or talk. Which, of course, means that when you go through the drive-through, you really are getting gypped roy'al.
Finally for once I would like to throw those friggin tip jars at these idiots who do nothing more than pour a cup of coffee?

You sir, obviously, have never worked in customer service. The crap those guys (me to, for about a year at my last job) put up with. Admittedly, it does get slow (which is actually why I quit, I hated having nothing to do), but you are scrambling when it gets busy. Then there are the customers themselves...One of my co-workers broke into tears, once, while helping a particularly rude man. While people like him aren't typical, they do exist; and when you spend eight hours a day, five days a week behind the counter, you meet them much too often.

By Polynikes on 9/24/2007 5:39:05 PM , Rating: 5
A free song just for going to Starbucks and paying too much money for coffee? I am SO there!

Oh, wait, I don't have an iPod. Well golly, I guess this is all the reason I need to get one!

RE: Wow!
By gradoman on 9/24/2007 6:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody's forcing you to go there, lawl.

RE: Wow!
By daftrok on 9/24/2007 8:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah you can just downl-- I mean, take your laptop to starbucks and download the iTunes song for free.

RE: Wow!
By Schadenfroh on 9/24/2007 8:32:15 PM , Rating: 1
Sounds like a plan. I might have to bring my cheap (store brand) whole coffee beans down there in a bag and chew on them while downloading songs and spit out the chewed remnants of the beans into a cup after I finish swallowing saliva that has mixed with the crushed beans. I bet I would get some crazy looks!

While I have not performed the former, I have performed the latter.

By audiomaniaca on 9/24/2007 8:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
Can I use my Zune?

By mmntech on 9/24/2007 9:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
You could corner the market by giving away free songs for the Zune to attract business. Why all of the ten Zune owners out there would be so excited. Lol. I don't think I've ever seen a Zune outside a store.

I'll be more impressed if I can take my iBook and have free WiFi with full internet access rather than just iTunes from my iPod. So they're giving away free songs. Even free is too expensive for that DRM laced crap.

By sxr7171 on 9/25/2007 2:01:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I wouldn't take those DRMed iTunes files for free. I got 5 free with my last Continental Airlines ticket and I tried to give the certificate away but none of my friends were interested. I have good friends.

By Silver2k7 on 9/25/2007 4:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
Ive got about 100 free i-tunes songs from coca-cola if i really want to :P

but I don't own an i-pod and don't plan to..
but perhaps a Sandisk Sansa (:

By acer905 on 9/25/2007 7:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
The sansa is a good choice. Especially if ya wait till the new one comes out. Twice the storage of the nano for the same price! OH yeah, thats awesome! (and longer battery life and external memory slot)

By Runiteshark on 9/24/2007 11:36:17 PM , Rating: 1
I wasn't cool enough to go to Starbucks before, but now I'm totally sure I never can be.

Blast you Starbucks!!!!!111!!

Squeeze is better anyway.

By realist on 9/24/07, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By mdogs444 on 9/25/2007 7:04:03 AM , Rating: 3
So the people who go to a coffee house to drink coffee and use wireless internet to do work/homework have no lives ....

but the person who sits around and debates tech topics on dailytech and plays video games all day/night does?

Just because you cant afford the coffee or dont like the scene doesn't make you any better than them......"fagget".

RE: lol
By awer26 on 9/25/2007 8:00:46 AM , Rating: 2

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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