“Record-store owners owe Apple iTunes a tremendous debt of gratitude for being an uncaring, scatter-brained, inhuman little jukebox: It’s saving their skin right now,” Jason Notte writes for TheStreet.
Apple’s iTunes Store’s “$1.2 billion in sales last quarter is more than half of what the record stores will make all year and still growing by 23% over the same period last year,” Notte writes. “That success, however, saved existing independent record shops in some very unlikely ways.”
The following five iTunes-induced record-store changes are worth a spin:
• It made fans want what they couldn’t have
• It brought back the long tail
• It made us miss the record-store clerk
• It made showmanship a selling point
• It made the stores offer what they offer, and more
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]