Starbucks to stop selling CDs

The coffee chain will stop physical sales in March

Coffee shop chain Starbucks are expected to stop selling CDs in their stores worldwide, reports say.

As well as selling music from major artists in their shops, Starbucks also has its own Hear Music label, releasing original material from the likes of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Sia, Alanis Morissette and Elvis Costello in the past. Now, they are to stop physical sales from March 2015, while digital music will still be available via Starbucks outlets.

“We will stop selling physical CDs in our stores at the end of March,” a representative from the company recently told Billboard.

“Starbucks continually seeks to redefine the experience in our retail stores to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Music will remain a key component of our coffeehouse and retail experience, however we will continue to evolve the format of our music offerings to ensure we’re offering relevant options for our customers. As a leader in music curation, we will continue to strive to select unique and compelling artists from a broad range of genres we think will resonate with our customers.”

Meanwhile, Neil Young recently urged fans to boycott Starbucks in response to the coffee house chain’s decision to ally with agrochemical company Monsanto in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont.

“Monsanto might not care what we think – but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does,” he wrote. “If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.”

Young added: “Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. It’s a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labour issues in the past, it’s disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto.”