Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dimishing CD retail floor space

With so many record store chains falling by the wayside, those of us who prefer to buy actual CDs at actual retail establishments are often forced to go to Best Buy or Wal Mart.

That's fine for high profile new releases like Dave Matthews Band, but not if you're looking for deep catalog. The other day I was looking for a CD by an obscure '80s punk band. I called the two indie stores in the area and neither had any titles.

I decided to take a chance and look in Best Buy. Of course they didn't have it, but something else was even more distressing: they followed Wal Mart's lead and further decreased their CD space, yet increased the Latin section among what was left.


soul searcher said...

i run an indie label

we are feeling the crunch

we have gotten great response at live shows, whether it's a multi-genre festival or a small club gig

our website,, also gets very positive response

i don't know what the future holds for the music business, but things are looking grim

newwavegeo said...

More and more people seem to be buying vinyl again, which is an interesting trend. I've considered pulling my turntable out of storage.