Will death by MP3 leave shops R.I.P.?

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  1. Lord_of_the_Dense

    Lord_of_the_Dense Deicidic Chipmunk Revue Established Member

    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.
  2. Miniver

    Miniver Adjudicator

    except for in the cities I would have to agree
  3. RobinSena

    RobinSena Member

    Not only the record stores, but also the CD itself as a medium will have to make way for digital music with MP3 players. The music world will have to adapt- technology has always changed the economic landscape; record stores are just another casualty
  4. shawners

    shawners Hurt no more my son.

    why cant they make a WHOLE CD collection of an artist in 192 lame f ormat on Mp3.. and sale it in shops??? For like 15-20 bucks.. BUying a cd for 15-20 for one album is really ... LAME!!
  5. Yeah, they'll die down, but they won't go away. The fact is that some people will never switch to doing it digitally (either because they don't care for using computers or from lack of computer knowledge - believe it or not, i know people who didn't even know about p2p), and fans will still want to buy CDs. When it comes to artists I really like, I far perfer having the CD in my hands, album art and all, over some CD-R with some mp3 rips on it.
  6. Carrie

    Carrie Mels "doing it" Buddy

    I think I am going to have to agree with Shawners. I refuse to pay $20.00 for one or two songs that I like, nor will I pay $6.00 for a single.
  7. cjules13

    cjules13 Member Established Member

    I could see online retailers like Amazon or Barnes and Noble selling CDs a lot longer than say, Tower records or Sam Goody.

    I hope Sam Goody crashes and burns the brightest and the earliest. That company has been ripping people off for decades. I'm not talking the standard RIAA rip-off, they've taken it to a whole new level with some of the worst mark-ups I've ever seen. RIP muthafucka...
  8. moneoa

    moneoa Vita!!!!!!! Staff Member Moderator

    This reminds me of when the "information superhighway" was being talked about
    (when refering to the net as it is now) Its a new market and probably wont have any impact on the classic record store. Thats like saying online retail will kill the act of shopping or online banking the act of walking to the bank (though I admit I do go to the bank personally myself a hell of alot less with online banking) Remember when they said that with the net, tradditional businesses would go belly up if they did not adapt to the new economy?
    So dont start blowing the dooms day horn yet
  9. SuitablyTwisted

    SuitablyTwisted Eugenics Advocate

    There are still plenty of shops around that sell vinyl. And some bands even still release on it. I see CDs joining vinyl in music-only stores as they lose their profitability in big-box locations. Sears used to sell records & tapes, now Best Buy sells CDs, but the section (and selection) is shrinking. There will always be a market for physical copies, but since online shopping gives the greatest selection, it will end up with the lion's share of sales. But I can't see "record shops" totally disappearing. Gotta get your blacklight posters and "tobacco accessories" somewhere....................
  10. Rickio

    Rickio Member

    Personally I like the idea of selling MP3 cd's, it would allow perhaps say 5 hours of music or so and it would then be worth 15 or 20 bucks.

    I think the music biz should consider that.
  11. kiwibank

    kiwibank Member

    the "bricks and mortar" concept is having a hard time surviving in other areas in these days of internet sales, people working out of their homes, cost cutting and downsizing and ever changing ways and means of delivering services.

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  12. cjules13

    cjules13 Member Established Member

    There's more record shops in Chicago than McDonalds I swear, but the customers are mainly dj's... remember you're wack if you spin CDs and use computers, and you can't scratch on CDs without effects. My brother releases tracks only on vinyl for dj's to use. Maybe a couple master CDs but that's it. And then they're the old-school audio-afficiando's who swear by vinyl only as well. These types of stores will never go out of style... The article I think is focusing only the Towers and Sam Goody's of the world.

    All the best bong shops around me are head/porno shops, not the record stores!

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