A Farewell Haiku for the Starbucks CD Department
With the coffee behemoth ceasing CD sales in March, we say goodbye the only way we know how.
As of next month, Starbucks will no longer sell CDs at any of its 21,000 global locations. Their compact disc catalog, often referred to as "Mumford & Sons & Friends" or "The Taylor Swift Virginity Collection," generated approximately $65 million dollars in revenue for the company in 2006. Since then, sales have slowed to a crawl despite holiday collections, exclusive offerings, and a close following of iTunes' charts.
It really is quite a sad moment. No longer will you be able to walk into a Starbucks, order a pumpkin spice latte, and scoff at whatever post-pop/alt-folk CD is currently on display. No longer will you be able to feign interest in the Frozen soundtrack in order to irritate your barista. When you think about it, we're losing so much more than just CDs. We're losing an integral part of the Starbucks experience.
Wherever the winds take our favourite real-estate-magnate-dressed-as-bean-hawker from here, we'll be close at hand buying into whatever schemes their marketing department dream up.
Goodbye, my dear friends
I never cared about Feist
But thanks for trying
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