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Music Stops For Pianists At Nordstrom

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Music Stops For Pianists At Nordstrom

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Music Stops For Pianists At Nordstrom

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For years, the upscale department store Nordstrom has hired piano players to perform as shoppers browse the racks. But the Los Angeles Times reports more and more stores are firing their pianists. A Nordstrom spokesperson said the company has "learned that most customers like contemporary, recorded music better."

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

For years, Nordstrom's department store has hired pianists to perform as shoppers browse the racks. It gives the place a different feel than most such stores. But the Los Angeles Times reports that more and more Nordstrom stores are firing their pianists. Apparently it's not a cost issue. A spokesperson says the company has learned that most customers like contemporary, recorded music better. In a word: Muzak.

That's business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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