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