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(from Rolling Stone: August 10th, 2006)
* Downloads of digital music are up 77% and CD sales are down 4%, with rock & rap albums taking the biggest hit. Does this mean that people who listen to country music don't have computers, or does it mean that people who listen to rock & rap don't listen to CDs anymore? In either case, libraries should start thinking about making their music more electronically accessible. IPod checkout? ITunes playlists? Robot DJ's?
* Riot grrrl trio Sleater-Kinney have announced their split. Insert programming idea here: ______________.
* And a band that hasn't split up (yet): Be Your Own Pet. RS likes them, as does every other music magazine I've read lately. Prepare for teenage demand.
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* And in an unrelated note, I stumbled upon this site this morning. Yes, there is now a Netflix for handbags. Not that I am advocating for libraries to establish a circulating wardrobe, but it is something to keep in mind: consumers are getting in the mindset that for a price, almost anything can be borrowed by mail. Libraries will have to find a way to fit into this new model.