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What's Trending: Record Store Day

Saturday - 4/16/2011, 10:50am  ET

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This March 10, 2011 photo shows Sarah McCarthy, 16, of Centreville, Md., left, and her boyfriend Jack Carroll, 19, of Bowie, Md., as they pose for a photograph at KA-CHUNK!! Records in Annapolis, Md. In most ways, Sarah McCarthy is your average high schooler. She has a job, college plans, but also a peculiar passion for vinyl records. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Record Store Day

WTOP's Neal Augenstein and Nathan Hager discuss their memories of going to record stores.

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WASHINGTON - Give your iTunes library a rest, at least for one day.

April 16, 2011, is Record Store Day. It's an annual observance held every third Saturday in April to celebrate the joys of all things vinyl.

But of course, the joy is dwindling for the institution that once was the independent record shop.

Where there used to be thousands of them in the U.S. alone, now the number of stores worldwide that take part in Record Store Day can be counted in the hundreds.

Just 17 in the greater D.C. area are taking part - a few more than that if you count Baltimore and Annapolis.

But the number of bands that use Record Store Day to issue extremely-limited mostly vinyl-only releases is growing.

Nearly 200 bands are putting out something for mom and pop record shops.

Find out a lot more here, and share your record store memories with us in the comments section or by tagging your tweet with #whatstrending.

And may you make a few more record store memories today.