Michael Shipp (Xueilonox) writes "Everyone thought the ridiculous price of CDs would hinder the success of Starbucks music stores. Ray Charles latest CD owes a lot of its success to Starbucks. Since it's behind the wall, I also wrote a post." There's actually a bit more to this story, so it's not so clear that Starbucks' music is a success story. In this case, it was an actual CD that they were selling in stores. These are the CDs that they have playing in the background and have a stack on the counter as you check out. Such CDs have done quite well in retail settings including Starbucks, Pottery Barn and other modern retailers. That's quite different from setting up a computer kiosks with expensive songs to download and burn to a CD. So, this type of success doesn't necessarily translate to the other kind. In fact, previous Starbucks' albums (usually mixes) have done quite well in the past too.
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