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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
> David Breneman wrote:
>> --- On Thu, 2/12/09, Dave Nolan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I remember a K-Mart in Tacoma (the first one in this area)
>> that opened in the 1960s.  (What a bunch of cheap junk.  My
>> parents bought me a pair of shoes there that didn't last
>> two days.  Anyway, back on topic...)  I remember there being
>> several 7" tape decks behind the customer service counter
>> that played the background music.  I don't know if the
>> music was licensed from Muzak, but it definitely wasn't
>> piped in; it was played from within the store.   FWIW.
> One of the Naxos family of recordings is a collection of 'soft classics' 
> for storecast. IIRC, they are sold in sets of ten or twenty CDs. At 
> Klaus Heyman's suggestion, I made an MP3 CD-ROM to provide uninterrupted 
> play so no one would have to attend to the player throughout the day.
> I've no idea whether the CD-ROM version was ever issued. Of course, 
> Klaus had all rights to the recordings and they were licensed for 
> storecast use.
> 
The "music" played by Muzak...or its various, "in-house" competitors...is
best defined as "NON-music"...! Its entire purpose is NOT to be noticed!

Yes, there is probably enough "Easy Listening" music on phonorecord to
cover the demand for the next century or three....but IMHO forcing some
hapless music lover to endure it is probably prohibited by the Geneva
Convention...?!

"The court sentences the defendant to ten years in prison..in a cell
where Mantovani is played 24/7...?!"

Steven C. Barr