Were excited to work with iTunes to add a significant new digital experience to the innovative buying experience weve 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.
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 were thrilled to add a Starbucks area to iTunes with all this great music online for the first time.
The Starbucks Entertainment area within iTunes will feature a wide variety of playlists including 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 Musics popular CD series and co-releases such as the Marvin Gaye Opus Collection and Sonya Kitchells 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.
The iTunes Store features over 3.5 million songs, 65,000 podcasts, 20,000 audiobooks, over 5,000 music videos and 220 television shows. With Apples legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.
Having sold millions of CDs and co-produced records which went on to receive multiple GRAMMY awards, Starbucks has had a significant impact on the music industry. Starbucks Hear Music provides a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its compilations, its innovative partnerships with other music labels to co-release, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music, and its breakthrough Hear Music Coffeehouses in Santa Monica, San Antonio and Miami. Starbucks Hear Music CDs can be purchased at Starbucks retail locations around the world as well as on iTunes.
Starbucks Coffee Company launched Starbucks Entertainment in 2004 to help customers discover quality entertainment options as part of their daily coffee routines. Starbucks Coffee Company first acquired Hear Music in 1999 to become Starbucks Hear Music, the sound of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music CD selections can be purchased at Starbucks retail locations around the world, as well as online at www.starbucks.com/hearmusic.