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Stacks of wax from the backs of the racks

Hopefully, the restocking of vinyl at some big chain stores will mean lower prices.

My brother and I used to walk up to our local drug store and buy LP records from a rack next to the candy bars. One day he bought Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and I bought the live Rush album Exit Stage Left. When we opened them, I became jealous of the stickers and posters in Dark Side, so we arranged a trade, which seemed fair because the Rush record had two LPs in it. He became a Rush fan, I became a Floyd fan, and the rest of our lives followed from that fateful decision. (Not so much, but it makes a better story that way.)

This album is totally worth $30 on vinyl. But it'd be nice to get it for $15.

It's good to know that today's kids might have the same experience: Fred Meyer, a chain of drug stores in the Pacific Northwest, and Best Buy are both beginning to stock vinyl records again. John Paczkowski can scoff all he wants, but I still collect records and am therefore excited about this news for purely selfish reasons. Big box stores stocking vinyl means economies of scale for vinyl manufacturers, which hopefully means I'll never pay $30 again for a vinyl reissue of The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. (It was totally worth it.)

Similarly, John can joke about an iPod Phono, but I've suggested several times that Microsoft build an analog recorder into the Zune software to replace that function in the no-longer-offered Digital Media Plus Pack. What better way to cater to music fans than give them yet another way to get music onto their computers?