Reports from the Tauranga public have recorded sporadic and unconfirmed sightings of the supposedly extinct species known as the 'Record Store' over the past decade. However, few truly believe the authenticity of these claims.
But are these sightings more legitimate than what some skeptics might claim?
The formerly vital, vibrant and wildly populated industry that was the muisc business first started to encounter turbulence in the late 90's with the introduction of online sharing services such as Napster, Kazaa and Lime Wire which allowed users to upload and download music in a simple to use idiot friendly encoded MP3 format. This initailly free service allowed onliner consumers to have instant access to their favourite bands, music, albums in a convenient manner that while a revelation to the general public sent shock waves through the music industry. Poor Lars Ulrich had to cancel plans to buy a 36 million dollar super Yacht times were so tough.