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Apple and Starbucks Announce Free WiFi and Tunes for iPod Owners

With the release of the new line of iPods that feature built-in WiFi, Apple also announced its new wireless music store. The Apple wireless music store allows users of the WiFi equipped devices to buy music online from any WiFi hotspot.

Apple also recently announced a deal with coffee giant Starbucks to provide WiFi connectivity to Apple’s new wireless music store to allow customers to buy songs while drinking coffee at a retail location.

Today Apple and Starbucks announced a promotion that will give away 50 million songs via iTunes. The giveaway covers all domestic Starbucks retail loactions and cards will be given away to customers that allow for downloading a “song of the day” from iTunes free of charge. Starbucks and Apple say about 1.5 million of the cards will be given away each day at the more than 10,000 Starbucks locations in the United States.

The free songs will be from 37 different artists including Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, who were the first two artists to sign onto the Starbucks campaign. Other artists include Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Annie Lennox, and Band of Horses. The first song to be given away will be a track from Bob Dylan called “Joker Man.”  The promotion will run from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7.

The wireless service from Apple and Starbucks will be available at 600 Starbucks stores in Seattle and New York on October 2 with service rolling out in San Francisco in early November. Starbucks says the service will be available in a quarter of its 10,000 domestic stores by the end of 2009.

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