Following the launch of iPod touch, Apple and Starbucks entered into an exclusive partnership that lets customers wirelessly browse, search for, preview, buy and download music from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks onto their iPod touch, iPhone or any laptop running iTunes while at a participating location.
Making its debut at more than 600 Starbucks company-operated locations in New York and Seattle this coming October 2, this new service will run on the robust T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi network which is available at participating Starbucks locations across the US.
“Getting free access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store and the ‘Now Playing’ service at Starbucks is a great way for customers to discover new music,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Imagine walking into a participating Starbucks, hearing a great song, and being able to instantly download it onto your iPod or iPhone. We think this is very cool.”
Imagine the reach and awareness Apple will gain if they can turn all coffee shops and other establishments into digital downloading centers. Well, we might never need iTunes stores anymore if that will happen, right?