An Ode To the CD: Remembering the 1990s’ ‘Entertainment Store of the Future’


During Blockbuster’s heyday as a multi-billion-dollar company dominating the home video market, the retail giant opened what it was calling the “entertainment store of the future” in the suburbs of Maryland with the tagline, “The Power to Hear it All.” This meant that customers could listen to anything in the store, in its entirety, with no pressure to make a purchase.

Years later, Spotify would perfect the idea of listening to “anything in the store” without having to visit a store, but it was novel in 1995. And with the news of Best Buy pulling CDs from its stores and Target considering a policy change that could mean the impending end of the format, I have been reflecting on those now-long-ago retail days. read more at

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