I utterly miss going to the music store after work or during the weekends. For me, it's more about the ambiance of the music store and the opportunity to interact and seek advice from someone else. I can't tell you how many gems I've found just through conversation. That's what I'll miss. The human element and the ability to walk around, look at the cover, take a listen, and then purchase a non-compressed piece of music.
If there were one period of my life that I could relive right now...it would be my time working at Tower Records in Honolulu. The job responsibility was minimal, but the wealth of information that I came away with was priceless. Co-workers that looked like they didn't know a lick about classical would surprise you, and workers in the 40s could talk about Run DMC and the state of Hip-Hop at the time.
With all that said, this and the future generations are looking for convenience. Distribution, storage, and physical manufacturing that the article points out seem to be a rational business decision that would support downloads all the more.
Well, better get back to iTunes, Amazon, emusic, HDTracks, Linn Records, and Naimlabel.com.
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