Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Meet the new horse & buggy

Start kissing the cd goodbye.  Billboard reported yesterday:

Even though digital is on the upswing, physical is still performing relatively well on a global basis -- if not in the U.S. market, where CD sales were down 18.5 percent last year. But things are about to get worse here, if some of the noise coming out of the big-box retailers comes to fruition.

Best Buy has just told music suppliers that it will pull CDs from its stores come July 1. At one point, Best Buy was the most powerful music merchandiser in the U.S., but nowadays it's a shadow of its former self, with a reduced and shoddy offering of CDs. Sources suggest that the company's CD business is nowadays only generating about $40 million annually. While it says it's planning to pull out CDs, Best Buy will continue to carry vinyl for the next two years, keeping a commitment it made to vendors. The vinyl will now be merchandised with the turntables, sources suggest. ....

Meanwhile, sources say that Target has demanded to music suppliers that it wants to be sold on what amounts to a consignment basis. Currently, Target takes the inventory risk by agreeing to pay for any goods it is shipped within 60 days, and must pay to ship back unsold CDs for credit. With consignment, the inventory risk shifts back to the labels..... Rest of article.
Ouch. 




22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where will I be able to keep buying 8-track tapes?

Anonymous said...

What’s a “CD” ?

Anonymous said...

As a music lover, I think this stinks. Digital music downloads are convenient, and I sometimes purchase them. They are of inferior sound quality, however, and cannot replace the experience of getting a new album from a favorite artist and listening to it as a whole. I’ve always appreciated a good album cover, and it’s even better if the lyrics are inside. I can’t see how purchasing singles for 99 cents will lead to anything good for quality music other than the fact that perhaps skilled musicians will have to rely more on live performances. Maybe I’ll get to hear more good concerts closer to home.

Anonymous said...

I haven't bought a CD in years. Part of that is because I stream all my music from Spotify or SomaFM, but another reason is that 90% of CDs at the store are nothing but "artists" like Kendrick Lamar screaming "MOTHERF***ER MOTHERF***ER!" over and over.

MadisonRulz said...

That really hurts coming from Mr. BlackBerry.

Anonymous said...

With the deaths of Merle and George, music isn't as much fun any more. Most of the time when I hear a friend is going to a concert and paying $170 I ask, "Who the hell is that?"

And people I know are traveling to see Adam Ant and Bruce Springsteen and some guy named Keith Urban who pretends to be an Australian Country Music Artist.

Most of you are nuts.

Anonymous said...

I have had a change of heart about Keith Urban....when you are from an island that originated as a prison for the civilized world, you have the right to sing country (if you are dumb enough to want that). Look at Larry the Cable Guy, he speaks like us on stage but openly talks like the yeller bellied Yankee that he is off-stage.

Derrrrp...whut iz a cumPOOtur? said...

@11:03pm

The Little Big Store in Raymond has 8-tracks, cassettes, and LPs. (that's Long Play, or vinyl albums, for 11:21pm)

@11:21pm

You sound like that smug hipster child in the Apple ad who goes, "what's a computer?" Everybody hates that ad.

@7:55am

...he speaks like us on stage...

Speak for yourself, Bubba. I have met maybe five people in my entire life who talk like that yahoo. If he speaks like you do, that's not a reason to boast.

pjm said...

Digital download is great and all but i really like having a physical backup. yes, i miss buying tapes and cds sitting down listening from beginning to end while i read the liner notes....days gone by

Kingfish said...

Not to mention, you are at the mercy of the database. I wanted to get a album, The Ring Without Words by Maazel. Couldnt' find it on Itunes. Wound up ordering the cd off of the big A. It was available for download but think about that, your music is going to be available for download through only Amazon, Google, and Apple.

Anonymous said...

Always purchase the CD. You can rip to superior quality. You have the maximum flexibility. You are never solely dependent on network. You leave no footprints to be gleaned and tracked.

Anonymous said...

Haven't purchased a CD in years. With the ability to hold a room full of CDs on a stick in the palm of your hard, it is hard to justify.

Anonymous said...

Actually, another big story that will be next is that Redbox is the next Blockbuster.

But I AM a Robot said...

If KingFish were Elon Musk, we'd have just seen a V-2 rocket lift off carrying a Model T with a built in Victrola for a sound system. Bwhahahaha.

Anonymous said...

It makes me sad that my kids don’t really listen to music or have stereos nor want them. Generation tablet is different. They watch YouTube videos of people watching videos of people playing games. Dumbest shit ever.

Anonymous said...

I am a music downloader and Spotify junkie. but..Just got a new car that and it had a cd player. New car enthusiasm, led me to get out my old cd collection and put a few in the car.
Playing the first one absolutely blew me away! I haven't listened to a cd in years, and the sound quality is so much better. Like everything else, we are being cheated in today's world for convenience sake. I have been a willing participate.

Anonymous said...

I think the future is gearing towards LP and digital download, as it should be. CD's were never meant to be a stand-alone experience such as LP's. They were an advancement of cassette tapes, which were an advancement of the 8-track, which foolishly tried to outdo LP's in terms of quality and convenience. Death to the CD, it can't come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

I still have vinyl and listen to it. Nothing like the warmth of the recording for classical music. And yes, the Ring Without Words is amazing.

mbrookes said...

For sound quality vinyl is far superior to CDs or downloads.I also love the cover art, especially on older albums. I'm afraid young people are missing out not just on good music (see 3:18) but on good presentation.

I am finding that more and more people are collecting vinyl.

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to find the soundtrack to the first silent movie.....I'm coming up empty

Anonymous said...

There are a number of sources of music that are quality digital recordings.
Many are available for free.
KF I found "The Ring Without Words" with 2 searches.
....."your music is going to be available for download through only Amazon, Google, and Apple.:....
Nope, not if you know where to look.
And about that physical backup? It's called a flash drive.

Call me Ishmael said...

Buying CDs? That's for Quakers!

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