Whenever I go to Japan I always end up going to TowerRecords to buy CDs. I love the experience of buying it, unwrapping it, trying not to damage anything (those CDs can be quite expensive), and going through the content while listening to the music. I love the suspense. On one hand it is great that over the Internet you can buy any music you desire, on the other hand physically buying CDs either in Japan or from one of many Internet music shops makes the whole experience special.
I don't remember the last time I bought a cd of an artist from the 'west'. Their CDs are just a CDs .. when you buy Japanese or Korean music CDs there is always something extra, a nice photo book, a photo card, I even found an air freshener. The record companies make an effort to lure the music fans into buying something that is physical rather than virtual and I am grateful for that.
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