Starbucks Introduces Digital Music Service

In another new twist on music distribution, Starbucks opened its first Hear Music Coffeehouse on Tuesday (March 16) in Santa Monica, Calif. The retail digital music service allows customers to pay a fee to burn full CDs and personalized compilations from a digital library of more than 20,000 albums. The company plans to extend the music service this spring to 10 Starbucks locations in the Seattle area. Acquired by Starbucks in 1999, Hear Music creates music programming and CDs for Starbucks stores throughout the world.