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VINYL GIVES RECORD STORES BOOST

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   PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Record stores have not only survived pirated music, digital

downloads and online streaming services. They're also growing in numbers again. This

is giving music lovers something to cheer, as Record Store Day turns 10 on Saturday.

The annual event pays homage to the neighborhood music store, the brick-and-mortar

spot where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records. Hundreds of

them went out of business at the onset of the digital music revolution.  But Wes Lowe

from Alliance Entertainment, the nation's largest wholesale distributor of compact discs,

DVDs and vinyl record albums, says they're now popping up in smaller communities

again. He says the number of independent record stores leveled off at about 2,000

before growing over the past five years to a number that's closer to 2,400.