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Finding your favorite CDs is about to get more difficult

I’m always raving about how technology has changed our lives for the better over the years. I can’t imagine going back to the time before smartphones. Having the power of basically a personal computer always at your side is just so convenient.

Unfortunately, there are times when flourishing new tech does have some negative impacts on things that are near and dear to our hearts. Who remembers renting movies at video stores? I could lose myself for hours walking around a video store looking for the perfect classic to watch on a Saturday night. Online streaming and $1 rentals at Redbox has seemingly killed off most video stores.

Now, another old-school way to shop for entertainment might be going away as well.

Do you miss shopping at music stores?

Not only are the days of renting movies at video stores over, but music stores are also falling by the wayside. There used to be tons of record stores across the country where you could search for new CDs and even some used vinyl.

Record stores have been disappearing for years. Mostly because it’s so easy to stream music, order digital copies online or even hard-copy CDs through sites like Amazon.

One of the last bastions of hope for music lovers is retail giant Best Buy. The company has been selling compact discs for decades and has continued to do so, even in the face of online competition.

Sadly, according to “Billboard,” Best Buy will stop selling CDs nationwide on July 1. There’s more bad news. Another retailer that still sells CDs, Target, is reportedly thinking about cutting back compact disc sales as well.

A recent report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) shows that revenues from streaming music services accounted for 62 percent of the total market for the first half of 2017. Streaming is a growing trend that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

As convenient as streaming music is, I’m really going to miss shopping for music in person. There’s nothing like exploring tunes in a record shop and opening that new CD for the first time and reading its liner notes. The youth would probably think of those of my ilk as a dinosaur.

But that’s OK, they will probably never know some of our good old-fashioned ways of life. Am I right?

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