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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

January 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

As Easy Street Records closes, a question: Where do you buy your music?

(Photo: Easy Street Records)

Sad news for Seattle music lovers with yesterday’s announcement that the Queen Anne branch of Easy Street Records is closing. Losing a locally-owned record store to a Chase bank is a bitter pill to swallow for Seattleites.

There is no question that record stores are struggling in Seattle, for a variety of reasons.  In the case of Easy Street on Queen Anne, it certainly didn’t help that a commercial real-estate boom priced them out of the neighborhood.  But take a look at the chart below showing where Seattleites buy music.  We might bemoan the loss of a local record store, but as consumers, we’re not helping the situation too much.


Source: Scarborough Research, Seattle WA 2012 release 2

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