Bad news for folk music-loving Moms trapped forever in 2001: Starbucks confirmed this week that it will stop selling CDs in all of its stores by the end of March. While they insist that music will remain a "key component of our coffeehouse and retail experience," the days of staring blankly at a Joni Mitchell album as the cashier rings you up are coming to a screeching halt.
Although the chain declined to discuss its own CD numbers, stats from last year show a 15% drop in sales for the entire format. And while ditching CDs makes sense for many other obvious reasons, this is a pretty big deal given Starbucks' history with compact discs. The company's been pushing them since 1995, when they offered their first album, Blue Note Blend. They bought the retailer Hear Music four years later, and eventually spun that off into a record label (in partnership with Concord Music Group) in 2007. All this led to a lot of exclusive album releases from people like Paul McCartney and even Alanis Morissette, who gave Sbux the jump on her acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill (released on the original album's 10th anniversary).