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Vinyl music gives record stores a boost in a digital world

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/19/2017 By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press
FILE- In this April 19, 2012 file photo, Chris Bown poses in Scarborough, Maine, with a copy of The Knack's "Live in Los Angeles 1978." Brown from Maine-based Bull Moose music hatched the idea for Record Store Day, the annual event to celebrate local record stores. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this April 19, 2012 file photo, Chris Bown poses in Scarborough, Maine, with a copy of The Knack's "Live in Los Angeles 1978." Brown from Maine-based Bull Moose music hatched the idea for Record Store Day, the annual event to celebrate local record stores. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Record stores have not only survived pirated music, digital downloads and online streaming services. They're now growing in numbers, giving music lovers something to cheer as Record Store Day turns 10 on Saturday.

The annual event pays homage to the neighborhood music store, the brick-and-mortar spot where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records. Hundreds of them went out of business at the onset of the digital music revolution.

But Wes Lowe from Alliance Entertainment, the nation's largest wholesale distributor of compact discs, DVDs and vinyl record albums, says they're now popping up in smaller communities again. He says the number of independent record stores leveled off at about 2,000 before growing over the past five years to a number that's closer to 2,400.

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