Redefine your library! Buy, Sell, or Trade

Before iPods, or Zunes……
Before streaming audio, and DRM…..
Before iTunes, eMusic or Rhapsody
…….there was StreetLight Records.

If there was only one thing in the entire cosmos that has remained constant, it’s StreetLight Records. Buying, selling, and trading all things entertaining “since before time……was time”, right here in San Jose. When was the last time you actually touched a physical CD (that’s a music compact disc, if you’ve forgotten…ha, ha)? In the age of 1-click downloads of poorly encoded, and heavily DRM Mp3’s from a host of online music downloading stores, I’m willing to bet it’s been a long time since most folks have handled an actual CD.

I’ve spent over $600.00 on music (some for my wife, and kids) purchased through the iTunes Music Store since 2003, and every bit of it has DRM attached. I miss rolling my own, and I’m looking to StreetLight Records to bring back the old school way of making my music portable. The battles over DRM with the music industry (championed by the IRAA) seems to be turning the other way (for the better) with iTunes, EMI, and now looking to sell music downloads free of DRM. But in the end, StreetLight Records will always win my wallet….and heart.

I love browsing the endless racks of new and used CDs, Vinyl (both LP and 45’s), DVD movies, VHS movies, Video Games. Hell you’ll even find cassettes tapes, and movies on laser disc….what a blast from the past! I always find artist, and albums that I had completely forgotten about, and it’s welcome purchase, no doubt. The last time I was in the store I grabbed several CD’s by Radiohead because they simply are not available over at iTunes. Sorry iTunes, but StreetLight Records is a welcome throw-back to a simple time. A time when you could (and can) get what you want…….when you want it.

StreetLight Records also host free LIVE! in-store performance’s by local bands and artists….dude, this totally rocks. I’ve only caught an in-store performance once, and it was many years ago….bummer. Anyway, round up all your old music, and go trade for some new tunes, or just keep the cash.

StreetLight Records is located at: 980 South Bascom Ave. San Jose, CA 95128 Also, if you can’t find your way over the the store, check’em out on eBay or MySpace.

4 Comments so far

  1. Gary Wiens (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    Streetlight Records is a great place along with Rasputin. One of my favorite places for CDs is the public library. You cannot beat the price.

  2. joann Landers (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    You are correct, this is a good place to pick up LP albums and 45’s. Yes, I own a record player. Found ‘The Segal-Schwall Band’. A joy to handle actual cardboard jackets and paper sleeves.

  3. Victor Solanoy (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    I still remember when Streetlight was in the little house down the road. They were one of the first to buy and sell used CDs that I can remember.

  4. Dred242 (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    When I first moved to San Jose back in 1989 Streetlight Records along with Quement Electronics (which was located right next door) were two of my favorite places to shop.

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