Blog: In-Store Music

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No In-Store Music Makes a Bad Impression for Shoppers

Posted by John on August 15th, 2018

I walked into a small retail shop that recently opened in a nearby neighborhood shopping center. I was greeted at the door by a calm, friendly dog. Nice start. The employee towards the back of the store said “hello”. I saw no other employees or customers in the store. There was also no music in

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Some Business Owners Like To Play the Songs They Grew Up With

Posted by John on July 9th, 2018

When it comes to selecting what music to play in a business, a lot of consideration goes into two main areas: the customer and the environment. And then there’s a third area that often rises to the top: personal preference. When selecting music for restaurants, retail, medical/dental, grocery or any business space, owner/operators want the

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Tech Revolution for Restaurants – Don’t Overlook the Music Tech Component

Posted by John on April 23rd, 2018

We’ve read that the technology revolution continues in the restaurant industry. What’s less surprising is that the tech that gets the industry stories and blogs is often centered around POS (point-of-sale) and security. That’s partly because there are lots of companies pushing POS and security because of the money associated with POS and security. One

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How To Navigate the Growing Glut of Music Choices

Posted by John on April 9th, 2018

The number of songs being released to the public each year is massive. The amount of music released globally in 2017 is roughly seven times the amount released in 1960, according to data from, a user-generated database of physical recordings. An article in the Wall Street Journal reviews how this glut of music releases,

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Why Music for Businesses is So Important

Posted by Custom Channels on September 22nd, 2017

If you have ever been in a store and there was no music to be heard in the background, what was your impression? In all likelihood, you probably felt a little uncomfortable. Too quiet. Perhaps, you felt uncomfortable to the point that you left and went to find a store that felt (and sounded) more

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Don’t Be a Music Amateur. Go Pro for Your Business.

Posted by John on July 25th, 2017

QUESTION: I play music in my business. Anything wrong with using an iPad playing the same music service I use personally at home and in the car? CUSTOM CHANNELS ANSWER: Consumer music services aren’t designed or programmed to be played in businesses or for the public – they’re for individual use. There are likely to

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Dayparting: How Music at a Business Can Best Match the Time of Day

Posted by John on May 16th, 2017

Most businesses play a single music mix through the entire day. That mix can have a lot of variety of asrtists with loads of songs so it sounds good all day. It’s one channel, one playlist, that’s heard at 10am or 10pm, from open til close. This works well because once a business has arrived

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Oh Fudge! Keeping Song Lyrics Safe to Play at Businesses

Posted by John on April 12th, 2017

We are often asked if the music we provide for businesses is screened for content. Are the lyrics safe? Have the curse words been taken out? Do you play explicit content? Screening songs for f***, s***, b**** and other highly offensive words is part of the daily music curation process here at Custom Channels. More

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Do Themed Restaurants Need Themed Music?

Posted by John on September 21st, 2016

I went into a New Orleans themed Cajun restaurant and they were playing Classic Hits from the 70s and 80s. I visited an Asian food restaurant and they were playing mainstream pop music from the past few years. I’ve been at a Mexican food restaurant where mainstream contemporary pop music is playing. When you go

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