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A couple days ago I took a trip to Borders to followup on a promotion they emailed me. However, when I arrived and started to scope the “music” section, if you can really call it that anymore, I was baffled by how much the management had let the section go. Talk about one of the most pathetic music sections ever!
That got me thinking about where the best place to go and browse for music. I thought about it for a while, and the only conclusion I had was a tossup between Best Buy or F.Y.I. (For Your Entertainment). At least when you are looking for pop/rock/R&B music. Granted, Best Buy doesn’t carry everything. However, I have found that Best Buy has a pretty diverse assortment to choose from, which boggles mymind because they are so not a music store. F.Y.I. also has a fairly decent collection. The one area of weakness across the board is I no longer know if any store that has a decent classical or jazz music section – all are complete disasters.
The past several years has witnessed a greater shift of music shopping taking place online. We can say thanks to Apple and the iPod for that! Although I find myself going to places like Amazon.com, I still find myself wanting to browse a music section. The demise of Tower Records, Virgin Megastore closures, and along with other music store shutting their doors have marked the end of any decent place to browse for music. Maybe I am still old school, but I still enjoy going to the store and searching the shelves to find that forgotten, or undiscovered gem.
The CD isn’t dead yet, but the inevitable is coming…