Behold what more than a few see as the future of music sales. I'm rather skeptical.
I'm a fan of online shopping. I like the huge selection and the convenience of being able to find almost anything with a few keystrokes. That I usually save a couple of bucks is only a bonus.
I still make time to wander through the local stores, though. Sometines, the interaction with some of the staff is enlightening (think High Fidelity but not quite so esoteric). I have to say "some," because the teenagers who work at Tower (or Borders for that matter) aren't the most lucid of music afficiandos (unless you want to rate them by the number of piercings over their left eyebrow). I usually end up finding music that I would not have ever heard of before when I go ambling through the aisles.
As a matter of fact, that's how I discovered Richard Bona. I was killing sometime before a concert, so I trapised through a Tower records. I had African music on my mind, so I wandered through their world music aisle. One of the CDs in the front of the racks had a photo of Bona holding his bass. Seemed like a good fit, so I grabbed it. And what a find that was.Posted by Casper at August 18, 2004 10:32 PM