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December 16th, 2003

Noteworthy Music

For some reason, Noteworthy Music popped into my head today.

Back in the early 90s, there weren’t many ways to buy music CDs online (whereas there are roughly 1.8 trillion online retailers now.) Noteworthy Music, on GEnie, had such a service. I recall buying a fair number of discs from them simply because they were cheaper – even after shipping.

I thought this 1992 Usenet post was pretty fascinating, too. One of the things Noteworthy offered was the poorly-named ROEG, which was a downloadable catalog of their entire CD selection.

In the end though, Noteworthy went out of business in 1997 (geez.) Thankfully there are places such as cheap-cds to carry the torch. But back then, there was something still magical about ordering Actual Things online.

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday December 16, 2003 -- 3:56:30 pm
Wow... memories came flooding back... I remember getting the Noteworthy print catalog in the mail (or was it a similar service?) and ordering from them a number of times. Not great prices by any stretch, but it did help me hunt down some rarities that the local Sam Goody didn't have.

It's funny how similar cheap-cds site looks like Noteworthy's GEnie catalog!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday December 16, 2003 -- 9:16:10 pm
That's right - there was a print catalog. The online version was a little difficult to use at 2400bps....

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