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We got a bit of a chuckle after Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. slammed the iPad for U.S. job losses, with the Illinois Congressman arguing for the defense of the paper industry. Now, here’s another cause Jackson Jr. can take on: Nordstrom piano players.

The L.A. Times reports that the Seattle retailer has been eliminating in-store piano players at stores in Orange County, replaced by recorded music which is apparently more pleasant to the ears of its customers. Reporter David Ng wrote that the live piano music provided “a modest touch of class in a world of soulless muzak.”

But the Nordstrom piano player may be going the way of the printed textbook.

The trend has been going on for some time, with The Seattle Times reporting on the cutting of piano players at stores in the Seattle area in 2007.

The Nordstrom piano player is a bit of a retail tradition in these parts, especially at the company’s flagship store in downtown Seattle.

While we disagreed with Jesse Jackson Jr.’s desire to preserve the printed publishing industry, in-store piano players are a different matter altogether.

[Via NPR]

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