One of my favorite pass times in the 60s, 70s and even early 80s was going to the mall and spending an hour or so in record stores like Sam Goody's. When I worked in Manhattan, I spent many lunch hours browsing through Tower Records and most of the time I would come out with something even if I wasn't looking for anything in particular. It was a great time.
When CD's replaced vinyl, I still visited the record stores on a regular basis. I would always find the unexpected, a unique record or CD containing songs that I haven't heard in a long time!
Today, we have I tunes or Amazon and the thrill is gone. Running an oldies internet radio station, I want ORIGINAL recordings of my old favorites and finding them is like finding a treasure! They are not available anymore! This is a very disappointing experience. I'd give up the convenience of downloading MP3's for heading to a great record store and spending time looking for the hidden gems any day of the week!!