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Looverhead CD store

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Small music stores are crippled by overhead problems - paying for a large consumer-friendly space and keeping inventory of a bunch of CDs. They are outcompeted by the Walmarts and big chains who have economies of scale, and on-line retailers who can keep their stocks in very low-rent areas.

The Looverhead (short for low-overhead) is a tiny storefront. It contains a computer, color printer and a few listening booths. The beauty of the Looverhead concept: CDs are burned only as needed. Looverhead has agreements with many record labels. If a customer wants a disc, it is legally downloaded from the music company site and burned on the spot. The printer is used to print up the liner notes etc. The customer walks away with a legal disc, on the spot.

Use of space is minimized, and Looverhead franchises can be placed anywhere there is customer traffic - even in little kiosks. One might argue that this service could be provided directly from the music company. However I think there are many more people who listen to CDs than there are people with the tech savvy to connect, pay, burn etc. In addition, as a central broker for many companies, customers can avoid negotiating multiple different websites.

bungston, Aug 04 2004

Burn CDs at Starbuck's http://losangeles.a.../p/Starbuckhear.htm
Looks like they do full albums and custom compilations [half, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

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       I like this idea. It saves the cost of shipping for the record companies, so maybe CDs can be cheaper?
Machiavelli, Aug 04 2004

       Sort of like the thing Starbucks is doing, only for entire albums? (I think they're doing individual downloaded songs, not sure, don't drink coffee)
half, Aug 04 2004

       Modern CD-Rs still have a much shorter shelf life than regular CDs. Going by brand doesn't always help - the same brand may be manufactured at 2, 3 different sites and end up with totally different quality between two different cases of CD-Rs. Quality control issues would be very problematic...   

       Going to remain neutral.
MaineCoon, Aug 04 2004


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