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What would the coffeehouse be without great music?

Well it wouldn’t be Starbucks, for one thing. We’re just as passionate about music as we are about coffee. That’s why we handpick all the tunes you hear in our stores. Helping people discover their next favourite artist or recording is one of our favourite things to do.

Now you can help yourself to a free download on iTunes every Monday.

Brighten your day and discover your next favourite artist or author with a free weekly download on iTunes. This could be anything from a new track by a popular rock band, a great release from an up and coming folk artist or even an e-book by a bestselling author.

Drop by your local Starbucks for the new Pick of the Week card, you’ll find them at the end of the bar where the drinks are served. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the card to get your free download.

You can check back at starbucks.co.uk each week to discover what the latest Pick of the Week download is. 

 

Available to download on iTunes

  1. Last Bus to Coffeeville: J Paul Henderson
    Last Bus to Coffeeville: J Paul Henderson
  2. Youth: Foxes
    Youth: Foxes
  3. Blue Moon: Beck
    Blue Moon: Beck
  4. Damki Town: App
    Damki Town: App
  5. Landcam: App
    Landcam: App
  6. The Words: Christina Perri
    The Words: Christina Perri
  7. Lights: Phantogram
    Lights: Phantogram
  8. Broken Sword: App
    Broken Sword: App
  9. Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell
    Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell
  10. Squids: App
    Squids: App
  11. Worms 2 Armaggedon: App
    Worms 2 Armaggedon: App
  12. Word Speed Puzzle Master: App
    Word Speed Puzzle Master: App
  13. Tchaikovsky: Atchevo eta prezdhe ne znala
    Tchaikovsky: Atchevo eta prezdhe ne znala
  14. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto: Andantino
    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto: Andantino
  15. Albéniz: Asturias
    Albéniz: Asturias
  16. Runtastic Push Up Pro: App
    Runtastic Push Up Pro: App
  17. Combo Crew: App
    Combo Crew: App
  18. F1 Challenge: App
    F1 Challenge: App
  19. Blue on Blue: James Blunt
    Blue on Blue: James Blunt
  20. Sherlock: Series 2, Episode 1
    Sherlock: Series 2, Episode 1
  21. UNESCO World Heritage
    UNESCO World Heritage: App
  22. Henri Le Worm: App
    Henri Le Worm: App
  23. The Killing: David Hewson
    The Killing: David Hewson
  24. Dorian: Agnes Obel
    Dorian: Agnes Obel
  25. Verdi, La Donna e mobile: Luciano Pavarotti
    Verdi, La Donna e mobile: Luciano Pavarotti
  26. Everbody's Changing: Keane
    Everbody's Changing: Keane
  27. Snowblind: Robbie Williams
    Snowblind: Robbie Williams
  28. The Complete 5:2 Diet: App
    The Complete 5:2 Diet: App
  29. Mike the Knight
    Mike the Knight
  30. The Conversation: Texas
    The Conversation: Texas
  31. Stubborn Love: The Lumineers
    Stubborn Love: The Lumineers
  32. Ridiculous Fishing: App
    Ridiculous Fishing: App
  33. Mouse About: App
    Mouse About: App
  34. Better Than Fiction
    Better Than Fiction: Lonely Planet
  35. Back to Square One: Jessie J
    Back to Square One: Jessie J
  36. Garmin Fit: App
    Garmin Fit: App
  37. Bam Fu: App
    Bam Fu: App
  38. Wide Sky: App
    Wide Sky: App
  39. Numba: App
    Numba: App
  40. Rock Runners: App
    Rock Runners: App
  41. Gorky Park: Martin Cruz Smith
    Gorky Park: Martin Cruz Smith
  42. Wonders of the Universe: App
    Wonders of the Universe: App
  43. The Big Bang Theory: Warner Bros
    The Big Bang Theory: Warner Bros
  44. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1: Marin Alsop & London Philharmonic Orchestra
    'Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1'
  45. Temptation Island: Victoria Fox
    Temptation Island: Victoria Fox
  46. iBomber Defence Pacific: App
    iBomber Defence Pacific: App
  47. Didn't It Rain: Hugh Laurie
    Didn't It Rain: Hugh Laurie
  48. Cyto's Puzzle Adventure Game: App
    Cyto's Puzzle Adventure Game: App
  49. Experience: Ludovico Einaudi
    Experience: Ludovico Einaudi
  50. Storm In A Teacup: App
    Storm In A Teacup: App
  51. Momentum: Jamie Cullum
    Momentum: Jamie Cullum
  52. Table Top Racing: App
    Table Top Racing: App
  53. Mini Ninjas: App
    Mini Ninjas: App
  54. High Hopes: Kodaline
    High Hopes: Kodaline
  55. Brahms Lullaby: Hayley Westenra
    Brahms Lullaby: Hayley Westenra
  56. Sneak: App
    Sneak: App
  57. Imagine Dragons: Radioactive
    Imagine Dragons: Radioactive
  58. Vampire State of Mind: Jane Lovering
    Vampire State of Mind: Jane Lovering
  59. Da Vinci's Demons: Series 1, Episode 1
    Da Vinci's Demons: Series 1, Episode 1
  60. Split Decisions: App
    Split Decisions: App
  61. Holst: 'Jupiter' from 'The Planets': Sir Simon Rattle
    Holst: 'Jupiter' from 'The Planets': Sir Simon Rattle
  62. The Man Who Turned Into Himself: David Ambrose
    The Man Who Turned Into Himself: David Ambrose
  63. Merlin: Series 5, Arthurs Bane
    Merlin: Series 5, Arthurs Bane
  64. Luciano Pavarotti: From La Boheme
    Luciano Pavarotti: From La Boheme
  65. New Girl: Fox
    New Girl: Fox
  66. Puzzler Crosswords App
    Puzzler Crosswords App
  67. You’re A Bad Man, Mr Gum: Andy Stanton
    You’re A Bad Man, Mr Gum: Andy Stanton
  68. No to Love: Jessie Ware
    No to Love: Jessie Ware
  69. Les Misérables: One Day More
  70. America’s Family Recipes App
  71. Peppa Pig: Goldie the Bear / Funfair
  72. I Am Not A Loser: Barry Loser
  73. Broken Sword App
  74. All The Single Ladies: Jane Costello
  75. Life of Pi
    Life of Pi: The Movie Companion
  76. Fool to Cry
    Fool to Cry: The Rolling Stones
  77. Ben & Hollys Little Kingdom
    Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
  78. Miracle on Regent Street
    Miracle on Regents Street: Ali Harris
  79. NHM Evolution App
    NHM Evolution App
  80. All That Mullarkey
    All that Mullarkey: Sue Moorcroft
  81. Ode to Joy - Daniel Barembolm
    Ode to Joy: Daniel Barembolm
  82. Made in Chelsea - Channel 4
    Made in Chelsea: Channel 4
  83. Great British Chefs App
    Great British Chefs App
  84. Wildlife - Richard Ford
    Wildlife: Richard Ford
  85. Bridge Constructor App
    Bridge Constructor App
  86. Immortal - Dean Crawford
    Immortal: Dean Crawford
  87. Dr Who
    Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song
  88. Joss Stone
    While You're Out Looking for Sugar: Joss Stone
  89. Koozac
    Koozac App
  90. Ellie Goulding
    Explosions: Ellie Goulding
  91. Facetrainer
    Facetrainer App
  92. Wombles
    The Wombles: Elizabeth Beresford
  93. Amazing London: Reader's Digest
  94. Lemanja: Melody Gardot
  95. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 App
  96. Creature Comforts: Ardman
  97. Drowning: Conor Maynard
  98. Insects Natural History: DK
  99. Good Food App
  100. The Man Who Never Lied: Maroon 5
  101. Do You Think You're Clever: John Farndon
  102. Home Thoughts From Abroad: Rumer
  103. Eleven: Mark Watson
  104. Garmin Fit App
  105. LostWinds App
  106. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here: She & Him
  107. Outnumbered Series 2: Episode 2
  108. Vaccine: LadyHawke
  109. Lonely Planet: Guide to Stratford and East London
  110. Runtastic PRO GPS Fitness App
  111. Asphalt 6: Gameloft
  112. Beauty and the Beast: Disney
  113. Blue Planet: BBC
  114. Home Again: Michael Kiwanuka
  115. Lucy in the Sky: Paige Toon
  116. Sometimes you Need: Rufus Wainwright
  117. Ben Howard
    Old Pine: Ben Howard
  118. Tetris
    Tetris
  119. The Cranberries
    Perfect World: The Cranberries
  120. How to Cook Everything
    How to Cook Everything: Culinate
  121. Professor Green
    Read All About It: Professor Green
  122. The Eye of the Tiger
    The Eye of the Tiger: Wilbur Smith
  123. Snowflake: Kate Bush
  124. American Assassin: By Vince Flynn
  125. Under Fishbone Clouds: By Sam Meekings
  126. Hidden Depths: By Ann Cleeves
  127. The Muppet Theme: The Muppets
  128. Daddy: Emile Sandé
  129. Daffodils: Charlene Soraia
  130. The Glass Painter's Daughter: By Rachel Hore
  131. Massachusetts: The Bee Gees
  132. The Observations: By Jane Harris
  133. Cold December Night: Michael Bublé
  134. Invisible Riverside: Ryan Adams
  135. In My Dreams: James Morrison
  136. Limitless: By Alan Glynn
  137. Hurts Like Heaven: Coldplay
  138. Speak Low: Tony Bennett & Norah Jones
  139. The Damned United: By David Peace
  140. How'd You Like That: The Kooks
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Court Yard Hounds and Flying Nun

One of my favorite things is a well-placed song within a film soundtrack. It’s always nice to discover a new track like the David Karsten Daniels cut, “That Knot Unties?”, used brilliantly at the end of the first season of The United States of Tara.

A great pairing can illuminate a song or elevate a film even further. Take for instance the amusing and carefully choreographed use of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams” in the film, 500 Days of Summer.

But one of my all-time favorite song cameos comes courtesy of A Silver Mt. Zion and their song, “13 Angels Standing Guard ’Round the Side of Your Bed.” When I first heard this incredibly moving piece, it sounded singularly cinematic. It finally surfaced, some odd eight years later. Leave it to director Harmony Korine to vibe on its magnificence and find the perfect placement for it within a film: naturally as the background to nuns skydiving while doing BMX bike tricks in the air. I know, I know. But trust me. It’s a beautiful image set to a beautiful song.

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Twilight Saga: Eclipse – The Vampires Are Alright

So, when it comes to discussing the Twilight Saga’s supernatural denizens, it often breaks into different camps. Edward or Jacob? I’m an Edward Cullen man myself. I mean, it’s great to be voted “Wolfboy with Best Biceps” in your high school yearbook and all, but can you sparkle like a diamond in the sunlight? Didn’t think so. I realize Twilight’s author Stephenie Meyer has created her own newfangled vampire lore, but frankly when it comes to vampires versus werewolves, it’s no contest.

One thing about this modern generation of cinematic undead, or lycanthropes for that matter, they love them some indie rock. Organ music just doesn’t cut it any more. That was Grandpa Nosferatu’s silent-era music. And the Count Dracula of the 1931 film, Dracula, may have been state of the art with the Western Electric Sound System, but it was still in mono, despite the valiant effort of uncredited composer Heinz Roemheld.

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Sunrise and the Living Is Eas

We produce a variety of compilations around here.


There are, of course, the Opus Collections, which focus on artists who’ve created momentous bodies of work. Your Peggy Lee. Your John Coltrane. Your John Lennon.

Then there are packages built around genres or a particular label or a musical hotspot, such as past packages devoted to salsa, or Motown, or Nashville in the 1950s.


Finally, there are compilations created to complement a mood or moment in time – perhaps a 4th of July patio party or, in the case of our new collection, Sunrise, mornings when there’s time to settle in with a cup of coffee and the morning paper.

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