As a curious shopper, I've always wondered if stores pay for the music they play in their establishments. After some research, I found out that, yes, most stores have to pay for a license to play music. This is because playing music in a commercial setting is considered a public performance and is subject to copyright laws. There are organizations called Performance Rights Organizations that collect fees from businesses and distribute royalties to the artists. So, the next time you're shopping and hear your favorite tune, know that the store is not only creating a pleasant atmosphere but also supporting the artists behind the music.