Just last month we were saying that Starbucks seemed to be perpetually delaying their efforts to roll out in-store music burning kiosks, and now they're finally planning to launch next week -- though just in the hip music spots of Seattle and Austin. It's still not entirely clear how they're going to train the baristas to fix a busted computer. Also, they've downgraded their original "hundreds of thousands of songs" to a mere 150,000 -- about 15% of what iTunes currently offers, which certainly suggests they're taking the Wal-Mart approach of just supply the hits, while ignoring the lucrative long tail. It's also still not clear why people will want to go to Starbucks to specifically buy music when they can get much more at home, or simply sitting in a Starbucks with their own laptop.
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