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Beginning October 2, when you order your double latte, you can get a free "song of the day" iTunes download card at Starbucks. The coffee giant is giving away 50 million downloads to promote its new "Now Playing" service which displays the name of the song playing in the Starbucks store at that moment, and allows customers to buy and download songs or albums directly to their device.

The promotion runs through November 7 and is part of Starbucks exclusive partnership with Apple
that lets customers wirelessly browse, search for, preview, buy and download music from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks onto their iPod touch, iPhone or PC or Mac running iTunes while at a participating location.

The key here is "participating." The service will debut on October 2 at 600 Starbucks stores in Seattle and New York. It will then proceed
to 350 Starbucks stores in the San Francisco Bay area on November 7; 500 stores in Los Angeles in early February 2008; 300 stores in Chicago in March 2008; and additional markets throughout the later in 2008.

The good news (if you don't live in one of the above megatropolis') is you can still get the free download cards at over 10,000 Starbucks locations. You have until the end of the calendar year to use your card, and then it will expire.


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