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When Garth Brooks went into temporary retirement in 2001, the music industry was a much different place.
Album sales were at their peak, having sold 785 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A piece of computer software called iTunes was in its infancy, the iTunes Store that would revolutionize music sales still two years away. Napster, the peer-to-peer file-sharing service that allowed people to illicitly swap millions of music tracks, had been shut down four months before Brooks released his eighth studio album, Scarecrow.