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BBC News – The changing way we buy music

The big news today, we could say, is that Rock is apparently dead. I hadn’t noticed but people who know (like Paul Gambaccini), say that the low level of rock songs in the charts of the past years means that the format is now dead. However, as far as downloads are concerned, Rock and many other formats are very much alive ‘n’ kickin’ (as the song goes). The classic high-street retalier HMV is shutting down outlets as more and more people buy online. Some will mourn the death of the record store as meeting point (as depicted in Nick Hornby‘s High Fidelity), but others will say, it’s just progress …

HMV is having a bad time, with sales dropping and 60 shops closing, but how has the way we buy music changed? Other major High Street names like Woolworths and Zavvi have failed in the last few years, and independent shops have also felt the pinch. So is the shift to downloading to blame for the travails of the record shop?

via BBC News – The changing way we buy music.

Strange Random High Fidelity Quote:

“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.” — Nick Hornby

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