Requiem for the Record Store

Requiem for the Record Store is a Washington Post article talking about the death of the record store and the various reasons behind it. I liked this comment on the major labels' resistance to allowing consumers to only buy the songs they want:

"Can you imagine if there was tremendous consumer demand for an 18-ounce Pepsi and we told Pepsi about this demand?" Singmaster says. "How long do you think it'd be before Pepsi started selling an 18-ounce Pepsi to anyone, anywhere? The record industry has created all these barriers, and those barriers have alienated consumers."