Starbucks starts giving out iOS apps for free

Starbucks and Apple have had a long and solid relationship and this week that partnership was extended even further. News.com reports that starting this week people who go to pick up their Venti sized coffee drinks can also get a card that will have a code to download an iOS app for free. There will be a new free app card offered every week at Starbucks. The first such free app is for the Shazam Encore music ID program that would normally cost $5.99 off the App Store.

Apple and Starbucks have previously offered iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and MacBook users a way to download free music tracks when they enter into a Starbucks store. Starbucks would not comment on if this new free iOS app program will take the place of the free music downloads or if it will simply be added to the song download program. Starbucks also offers its own free iOS app, myStarbucks, that allows its users to find their nearest Starbucks location, a food menu and learn more facts about the company.

Apple's partnership with Starbuck started in 2006 when the iTunes store added a Starbucks Entertainment section. That area contains music for sale that's similar to the songs heard in the background in Starbucks. In 2007, iPhone, iPod Touch and MacBook users were able to sign on to use the WiFi Internet connection at Starbucks stores without having to pay for it. The free weekly song download cards also started appearing in Starbucks' stores in 2007.

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The people who are *still* drinking mediocre Starbucks coffee are the same people who are are also still using the banal phone platform of three years ago, so this sure sounds like a good match to me.

Skwerl said,
The people who are *still* drinking mediocre Starbucks coffee are the same people who are are also still using the banal phone platform of three years ago, so this sure sounds like a good match to me.

Oh, I'm sorry the coffee doesn't meet your exquisite tastes. Maybe you should find a higher end retailer and have a strop about how the milk isn't at the right consistency.

Why would they post that?
The whole point is to get people into their stores to buy overpriced coffee. By not posting a list, it "forces" the lemmings to go into the store.

bankajac said,
Where can one find the list of apps that will be given on each day?
It's not one-a-day, it will be a weekly thing.

psionicinversion said,
Kinda crap that only the app there giving away is free is the app they tell ya, sounded to me like you could download whatever you wanted

Crap that they are giving away an app? Don't act all spoiled.