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Akamai offers content delivery for iTunes in Starbucks

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Network World.

Akamai is now helping Starbucks customers get some music to go with their double lattes.

Akamai, a Cambridge, Mass.-based content-delivery network service provider, announced Friday that it will provide hundreds of Starbucks stores with content-delivery servers to help speed up their Wi-Fi iTunes Music Stores. Because Akamai servers will be installed within all participating Starbucks stores, the company says, last-mile connectivity will be reduced to mere feet.

“The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store and the exclusive ‘Now Playing’ service in Starbucks locations are a powerful new way for our customers to discover and acquire great new music when and where they are inspired by it,” says Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. “With Akamai-enabled servers in our stores, we are able to ensure the highest-quality music downloads while providing a very personalized music experience for our customers.”

Last month, Apple and Starbucks announced that they were collaborating by making Apple’s iTunes store a fixture on Starbucks’ Wi-Fi Internet service. Apple’s iTunes store for Starbucks allows anyone connected to a Starbucks Wi-Fi connection to browse, preview and purchase music from iTunes, whether they use a PC, an iPhone or an iPod touch. Around 600 Starbucks locations began offering the iTunes service earlier this month, and more rollouts are expected by the end of the year.

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