Starbucks is getting into the digital music business. The coffee giant is teaming with computer maker Hewlett-Packard to make digital music available for download, according to a report in Business We

Starbucks is getting into the digital music business.

The coffee giant is teaming with computer maker Hewlett-Packard to make digital music available for download, according to a report in Business Week. An announcement is expected March 16.

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly setting up computers, servers, CD burners and printers for reproducing artwork in Starbucks locations, while Starbucks is directly collecting licenses with the majors.

The company plans to roll out the offering in 2,500 stores over the next two years, the report says.

Consumers reportedly will have to buy at least five songs per transaction, at a total cost of $6.99. Full albums will cost $12.95. Starbucks is said to ultimately plan to make downloads available for purchase through its in-store wireless network.

Starbucks is no stranger to offering music in its stores. The company bought independent retail chain HearMusic five years ago and has been pushing a branded compilation series called "Artist's Choice" during the last year.

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