YOU may be old enough to remember the music-industry anti-piracy campaign that went under the slogan "Home taping is killing music.
And it's illegal."
I'm not sure about the extent of home-taping in 2013, but yesterday there was an uncomfortable reminder of the problems facing part of the industry: independent record stores.
It was impossible not to sympathise with Doug Anderson when he warned that indie shops such as his own - Coda Records, in Edinburgh - could face closure within three years.
A key issue facing them is the ability of Amazon to offer shoppers lower prices because of what its detractors view as "aggressive tax avoidance policies".
"Shoppers," added Mr Anderson, "compare independent record stores like us to Amazon on price, which is a completely unfair comparison. We make no profit to speak of but we pay tax and VAT on everything we buy."
The point has, of course, been well rehearsed. You don't need to look too far to see the impact of the internet revolution on the high streets.
Mr Anderson, though, also posed a good question: do shoppers really think that Amazon will keep its prices low once the last indie store has shut for good?
Changing the latest patterns in customer behaviour looks like a hopeless task, and not just in music retailing. People now go "showrooming" - using smartphones while out shopping to gauge whether their intended purchases can be found more cheaply elsewhere, or online. Many visit stores merely to check out an item they'll buy online.
Persuading younger music fans to abandon or dilute their habit of downloading everything is just as hard. It's a sobering state of affairs. You can only wish the indie stores good luck.
By chance, there was a music fair at Glasgow's Mitchell Library at the weekend. There was no mention anywhere of Amazon, of streaming, or downloading. Or even, God forbid, showrooming.
It was great just to be in the company of other hard-core music fans. We bought vinyl to plug gaps in decades-old record collections at home, pounced gleefully on obscure treasures, snapped up music books, memorabilia, vintage posters and bootleg CDs, and traded pleasantries and memories of great gigs. We hope indie shops will last, of course, but we rather hope these annual or bi-annual gatherings do, too.
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