Are music downloads killing record stores? Not yet – and the proof’s in: The Record Cellar
by Edward L. Sebring
Common wisdom has said that because of the proliferation of customers downloading music from the Internet, the retail recorded music business is dead. Yet, a man who thinks he just might be the last independent record dealer in indiana says business is coming back – particularly because “old-fashioned” vinyl records are re-attracting old fans or getting new ones.
Listeners are discovering the analog recordings produce a better reproduction of the original sound source than digital recordings, plus they give customers the enjoyment of being able to hold the source of the music – the records – in their hands, which can’t be done with downloaded digital music, said Rick Patterson, owner for 35 years of The Record Cellar, 427 Main St.
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