Analyst says electronic music delivery will end brick-and-mortar sales; locals not so sure Whither the big record store. Will it wither? Inside Digital Media analyst Phil Leigh says yes. Cyberspace will kill it. Leigh, who works from Tampa, Fla., cited a study by WebNoize, a now defunct online music trends research company, that surveyed Napster users when the then illegal file-sharing program began emerging. Free music was the third reason pollees listed for using Napster, Leigh said. The first two were vastness of choice and speed of delivery. "Users had a vast catalog of music, unmatched anywhere. No Virgin, no Tower, no terrestrial music store could ever match what's available on the Internet," Leigh said. "Second, when they found what they wanted, they didn't have to get in their cars and drive to a store to get it. They had it instantly." The Internet will always be able to offer more music faster than brick-and-mortar stores, Leigh said. And, as the brick-and-mortar audience shrinks, he said, it will get ever harder for those stores to stay afloat. Read entire story here.