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Miami Beach Starbucks launches iTunes Wi-Fi Store

This morning I'll be visiting a Starbucks on Lincoln Road Mall to get a demonstration of how the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store will work with the iPhone, new iPod Touch and with laptops. Customers that hear a song in the store will be able to instantly purchase that song on these devices. It officially launches Tuesday, but I'm told anyone who stops by the store Monday morning will be able to see it in action.

And there will be giveaways all over the nation where some customers get free downloads of a "song of the day." They are reportedly giving away more than 50 million free downloads.

For now, the only participating Starbucks in all of Florida is the Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouse on Lincoln Road Mall, at 605 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

I'll be writing more about the launch of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for Tuesday's paper.

UPDATE 11:30 A.M.: I just got back from the Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouse. I was told on Friday by public relations representatives that customers would be able to try it out today, but alas, they password protected the Wi-Fi store and it won't be accessible to the public until Tuesday. I was able to see it run on the new iPod Touch, but if you don't own an new iPod or an iPhone, then you can also see it on a laptop. When customers log onto the Wi-Fi, the landing page will have information on the song playing and a link to download it through iTunes. It also shows the last nine songs played in the store.


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