VINYL GIVES RECORD STORES BOOST
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.