Wed Apr 30 14:45:42 EDT 2008
I have read this thread with limited interest but I would like to point out that I 'think' that a mistaken impression exists here.
Starbucks has stopped underwriting specific large projects in exchange for the marketing exclusivity. For example, They paid Paul McCartney a ton of money for his new CD and the Starbucks chain had the right to sell it. Similar to what The Eagles did with Wal Mart.
I do not think that Starbucks has eliminated their compilations or their offering of the Putamayo label. I would point out here that Putamayo offered through Starbucks gets my highest positive ratings for paying royalties on song usage.
I was in an Austin Starbucks and realized I was listening to James Carr's original version of "Dark End of the Street." I asked what radio station was playing and was told that it was a Starbucks compilation. I checked out the other songs and bought it immediately.
To be honest to this subject thread, I have few food vices but I order Gevalia coffee beans and grind my own.
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