Music sales changing in the Magic City

It can tell a story, make you cry, or give you a burst of energy. Music means something different to everyone with a genre for every taste. But the way we get our favorite tunes is changing.

Digital downloads made tapes and CD's obsolete. In fact, like video rental stores, {}music stores are becoming scarce in Birmingham. But for the music stores that are left, the owners are finding that a new trend is bringing back a classic."Tapes are obsolete,' Jesse Barber, a music customer said. "CD's are obsolete."These shiny discs may not be as reliable as a download or as retro as a vinyl and store managers say they're simply hard to sell."Some people like it because you don't have to buy the whole tape now, you can buy the $.99 song," Barber said."From people going on a doing a digital download like for $.99 or something off the Internet or something, I think that did really put a damper on the cd sales," Gary Bourgeois, Owner, Renaissance Records said.But everything that goes around comes around."They're as big as ever, it seems," he said.And the latest craze is spinning out of control."Probably 90% of what they're looking for are the records," Bourgeois said.Vinyl is back. And there's a big demand for both new and vintage records. In fact at Charlemagne Records down the street, the owner says, the demand is growing so fast - manufacturers can't keep up.{}"The whole thing about having a record store to go to is about sharing music," Marian McKay Rosato, Owner, Charlemagne Records said. "The experience of finding something you've always wanted and then you found it.""It brings back the store search, talking about what you actually find with your friends. It becomes better," Barber said.Store owners told us - surprisingly- when new albums come in on vinyl they're finding lines of fans waiting out the door and down the street and it grows every year.