Another nail in the CD coffin.
Beginning next month, Starbucks will stop stocking and selling CDs, according to Billboard. The coffee giant has pushed music for over a decade, since acquiring music retailer Hear Music in 1999.
“We will stop selling physical CDs in our stores at the end of March,” says a Starbucks representative, adding: “Starbucks continually seeks to redefine the experience in our retail stores to meet the evolving needs of our customers.
“Music will remain a key component of our coffeehouse and retail experience, however we will continue to evolve the format of our music offerings to ensure we’re offering relevant options for our customers. As a leader in music curation, we will continue to strive to select unique and compelling artists from a broad range of genres we think will resonate with our customers.”
The continued death of the CD sees Starbucks close a revenue stream that made earned them approximately $65 million in revenue as recently as 2006. During the last decade, Starbucks sponsored exclusive music releases, including coffeehouse-friendly fare by Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morisette.