Do you like your music or your coffee decaf or high octane? Well, now when you go to Starbucks, you can get your beverage or snack of choice with some sweet tunes on the side. Starbucks is giving us lucky customers iPhone apps -- and for free! Who doesn’t like something for nothing, especially when you can get some great music?
To get your free app, just grab a “Pick of the Week” card. Pick of the Week is collaboration between Apple (News - Alert) and Starbucks that provides the coffee shop's customers with their weekly dose of free music along with their weekly dose of caffeine. Essentially an updated version of the free iTunes download, the free app comes in the form of a code printed on the card – that you can use on iTunes – from any of the 11,000 nationwide store locations.
The first app handed out for free, as reported on Yahoo!, was song identifier Shazam Encore. Normally $5.99, that’s a pretty good deal. It's not yet known if music tracks will still remain with Pick of the Week, or if the project's shifting completely toward iPhone apps, and nobody knows if Shazam (News - Alert) Encore's developers are losing money on the deal, but it’s doubtful that anybody who gets the app for free is losing sleep over it.
So wake up, smell the coffee and get moving to some tunes.
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Jennifer Russell is a TMCnet Copy Editor. Previously she worked as an Editorial Production Assistant at the Taunton Press and as a Production Assistant at Hersam-Acorn Newspapers. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves