Saturday, October 21, 2006

Bye-bye, Tower!

Ah, it seems that Tower Records is going the way of the dodo. While I did enjoy shopping there many times as a teen, especially the great store on the Sunset Strip (which was only great before Amoeba came to town), I have to admit more than a little schadenfreude at the news.

Back in the early 90s I was working for Wherehouse, a rival music chain, that began to buy and sell used CDs This was a response to the fact that, even back then, people didn't like the high price of CDs. Tower took its mouth off the Big Record Companies' dicks long enough to cluck-cluck and talk about how this wasn't good for the industry because used CD sales keep money from record companies, who spend it on developing artists and other lies. Even though Wherehouse's used CD sales just filled them up with loads of used CDs they couldn't sell and they've had to close most of their stores, at least they outlasted Tower.

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