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John on the In-Store Experience

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 02:21 PM

Record stores are great. If you already know what you like and what you’re looking for. Otherwise, buying music online has a huge advantage. Old-timers talk about walking into their local record shop and being intrigued by an album cover and asking the guy behind the counter to play a track before buying it. Well, I used to buy LPs in my local record store, and I NEVER had that experience. Whatever was on the turntable is what you listened to while browsing. I would’ve loved the opportunity to hear 30 seconds from any track I was interested in, as you can do online.

So, even though our listener poll is unscientific, I also find it unsurprising that only 14% of our respondents buy their music exclusively in brick-and-mortar stores. 77% either shopped exclusively online or used a combination of the two. (The other 9%? Apparently living in a monastery under a vow of silence.)

Believe me, I understand the nostalgia for album art and liner notes and all that. But as the Italians say, “prima la musica” – plus those mp3 files are SO much easier to store!

Did you miss out on our poll? Check it out and let us know what you think – where and how do you get your music fix?


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