The Death Of The CD Is Greatly Exaggerated
from the not-dead-yet! dept
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the CD is dying, what with sales plummeting and record stores like Tower Records shutting down. However, over at Slate, Daniel Gross is challenging that idea by noting that there still appears to be plenty of life in the CD business. What’s changed is the old business models concerning how CDs were sold. He points to the fact that a Seattle Tower Records store was taken over by a local record store that’s expanding. Like previous examples we’ve seen of independent record stores learning how to adapt to the changing market, stores that stop focusing on protecting a particular format or a particular business model, and instead focus on helping customers enjoy the music they want, find that there’s still quite a market for that. Just because some businesses in the music industry are unable to adapt, it doesn’t mean the rest of the industry is in trouble.