6. Tower Records
Tower Records used to have everything. If they didn’t have the CD you were looking for, chances are you probably didn’t want it in the first place. Before the Internet made it possible to do practically anything from your computer screen, the superstore was famous for offering the “scan and listen” system, giving you a way to actually preview a CD before you spent $15 on a potentially wack EP. Some stores like the New York location even turned into local hangouts due to the traffic of music-lovers that swarmed into the CD aisles. At its peak, Tower Records was almost like a live version of those comments sections we’ve all come across in the iTunes Music Store.