Move to Minneapolis. We still have a bunch of 'em.
Yes, miss flipping thru the bins and have something unexpected catch my eye. Miss record stores, Borders books. Wait until Bezos has a monopoly and Internet taxes hit.
Where did all of the freaks who worked at Tower Records end up?
Cleveland here. Still dozens of great independent record stores. A bunch in nearby Columbus and Buffalo too.
Stupid bitches in NYC throw things away before you realize you still like them. Your problem, haha! Enjoy your $12 coffees.
"Where did all of the freaks who worked at Tower Records end up?"
Lisa? Your latte is ready.
Yeah, I miss them. Spending an afternoon in a record store used to be a lot of fun.
Sort of like browsing in a Blockbustet on Saturday nite to pick up a video.
Yes, and no. I want it both ways. I. Want to wander in a store and browse and also buy individual songs from iTunes, not just one or the other
There's no challenge because the internet makes it too easy. You can't really have the thrill of discovering anything rare/treasured when nearly everything can be found online now.
I can't decide if it's good or bad. More efficient for sure, but it seems like we lost something.
Give me the old days when you had to earn a record.
Once upon a time you found your new weed dealer by going to a record store.
Downloading is way better and I'm am elder gay
Any stories of cruising in them?
I miss them for sure. Even with the Internet, there are still countless rare and hard to find songs/mixes/albums that are unavailable online. I really miss Tower Records as well. They seemed to have the best selection of import CD's.
I wasted a good chunk of my teen years in record stores. I still like to peruse the vinyl at flea markets and secondhand stores - kids now will never get to appreciate the amazing cover art on albums from the 60s and 70s. I do enjoy the feeling of having everything at my fingertips online now, but will never get rid of my lp collection.
Less and less, although I am surprised that I am moving to digital. At 10,000 CD's, it's just got more practical to move to iTunes and gradually sell.
R13, I switched versions of iTunes and lost some songs in the process, including some downloads I'd bought on iTunes.
I had to go through such a tortured set of steps to get them back, the star among which was changing my password to something I haven't used in the past year, which virtually guarantees I won't remember it the next time I have to use it.
If I had nothing but "files" instead of CDs and LPs, and lost them because of some computer fuckup, I'd be furious. I'm not getting rid of any of them. Screw downloads.
I hear ya, R19. I've used iTunes for years and purchased some songs under a previous username/password combo. I'll NEVER get those songs back and I've used every password that I can think of in the last 5 years.
Yes and no. 49 yr-old here. As a teen the record stores closest to me were mall ones, like Sam Goody, Listening Booth, etc, and they had limited selection. The closest thing to an internet experience for me was the occasional 30 minute drive out to a Tower Records where their inventory as substantial and I was like a kid in a candy store. Now the internet has replaced that experience. I would rather have the internet than Sam Goody in the local mall.
I was turned on to a lot of music I love thanks to in-store sales/promotions and personal recommendations by store employees. I guess I can still get those online, though.
R10, I've discovered more online than I ever discovered looking through record stores.
R19, I've updated iTunes dozens of times and never lost anything in the process. And - this goes for you too, r20 - have you never heard of backing up onto an external drive? You can do that even with iTunes. Better still, burn to a CD.
Besides, with cloud services these days you never need lose anything.
Yes, R23, I have heard of burning to a CDR, but, sometimes things get lost. Seeing as I have over 18,000 songs on my ipod and nearly 24,000 songs on my itunes you can understand how things might get misplaced. And these songs were bought when clouds were just cottonballs in the sky. The point is-it should no be that difficult to get the songs you legally purchased just because you forgot your password.
I always hated the attitude of the slacker/stoner clerks. Really, Aspergers through the roof. No social skills.
R23, you are absolutely right about putting downloaded tracks on a CD-R. I will do that from now on.
I already back things up. When I went back to the older version of iTunes, the songs didn't come with. But I hate the current version of iTunes so much, I'd rather give up a song or two.
Glad they're gone tbh. The big rip off chains were obscene. Haven't used them for at least 10 years. Viva Amazon.
[quote]Besides, with cloud services these days you never need lose anything.
Yup.. no need to re-download or rip a good deal of things. iTunes cloud is OK but I hate that POS. Amazon Cloud is the best thing ever. I will even pay for a damn subscription. No need to laboriously digitalize a good deal of old CDs.
We still have FYE in my area which is good for browsing ... I miss having the Virgin megastore to haunt when I visited Manhattan. What I do miss is 45's ...I used to get a $ 5 allowance and every week got five new singles at Two Guy,s. I used to do my own Top 20 every week (geek) ...yep, songs debuted, moved up and down my own chart. I also miss the 45 picture covers.
Me, too, R29. Dan Ingram every Tuesday at 2. Well, 3 if I was in school.
It was so exciting going to a video store on Saturday night when they first opened. There was a tiny video store across the street from me in Manhattan that specialized in foreign films and classics. So many people in that little shop (I think it's another Chinese dry cleaners now). Everyone with a friend or a date, or asking an opinion about a film. Everyone was happy and had something to look forward to. One night, it snowed for the first time in a couple of years and everyone was so excited. Cool! We can walk home in the snow and get warm inside watching a movie.
I miss being around happy people sharing an experience. No more video stores, no more music stores. Everyone walking around with headphones in their ears, looking down at some little glowing box and feverishly typing. What is so important that they have to type? "I have leaky gut too, OMG!"
For many years I lived around the corner from the Sunset Blvd. Tower Records. I loved killing time browsing there.
I was glad when Amoeba came along.
When I moved out of the country, I took my old LPs to Amoeba and was surprises when one of them fetched 50 bucks. I wonder what price tag they put on it?
The HMV in my neighborhood came and went with breathtaking speed. The place was packed to the gills when it opened. I saw that I could buy the songs I liked and they would put them on a cassette for me. A "party mix"! The next time I went there with a list of songs, they no longer offered the service. It was only about a month later.
They had an escalator that you had to wait on a line to take downstairs because there were so many customers. A year later the store was almost empty of customers.
It had replaced a Tower Records that had gone out of business.
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