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 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

This is an interesting downward trend, but I don't think this will affect specialty soundtrack labels too much, if at all. I've never purchased a CD at Best Buy, ever.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8097929/best-buy-to-pull-cds-target-threatens-to-pay-labels-for-cds-only-when


Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

So, ah, what?

Are Best Buy and Target places score fans go to buy CD's? Even if some fraction does, the selection must be incredibly small and limited to new and old favorites.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

So, ah, what?

Are Best Buy and Target places score fans go to buy CD's? Even if some fraction does, the selection must be incredibly small and limited to new and old favorites.


Exactly. But it is something to take note of.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

It'll affect the song CD market. Us?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

It'll affect the song CD market. Us?

Not immediately. Perhaps down the road. Might take years, or not.

We'll see. Best Buy and Target are just the first to do this. Let's see what Walmart does.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

It's been rare times I bought a CD from Best Buy and Target. Most of the times $5.00 bins.
And Walmart always has music cheaper but they hold censored versions from some artists.
Another blow by Amazon. Like movies, chain stores are losing out to Amazon and second hand markets. Times are tough, customers want to pay less. And I HATE having everything digital.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Wal-Mart barely has a score CD to be seen and even their song section is limited. It's the same difference.

What could be argued is that some of the manufacturing plants might go under and the choice to press CD's will be more limited.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Wal-Mart barely has a score CD to be seen and even their song section is limited. It's the same difference.

What could be argued is that some of the manufacturing plants might go under and the choice to press CD's will be more limited.


This is a good point. I think there will be a slow ripple effect for this.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

That's a bummer for labels who do sell newer film scores and have them in stores throughout the world. Lakeshore, Varese etc. Some of those soundtracks that do well can at times pay for expensive archival releases.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

The first CD I ever bought for myself was purchased at Best Buy. The last one certainly won't be. Their selection has been in serious decline for years. This isn't at all surprising. I'm just glad I was able to get so many of the Rush remasters there when they had them for $7 each.

Their movie section is headed this way fast, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Even fye doesn't have many cd's left. At one time they had a great selection of both new and used titles. They don't have many dvd's or blu rays anymore either for that matter. And the selection is getting smaller. The retail shelf space that used to be discs has been paired down big time to carry rack upon rack of comic book and sci-fi movie related toys, trinkets, and tee shirts. The whole front end of that store now looks like a tourist shop on a boardwalk somewhere.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

They gotta do what they gotta do to stay in business.

LP's stop selling? LP's.
CD's stop selling? CD's go.
DVD's stop selling? DVD's go.
Blu-ray's are supposed heading that way, too...


A nerd and his money are soon parted.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Best Buy and Target barely carried cds any way. They would direct customers to their online site. Namely, Amazon is the main buyer of soundtracks these days here in the states.

MV

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

Best Buy and Target barely carried cds any way. They would direct customers to their online site. Namely, Amazon is the main buyer of soundtracks these days here in the states.

MV


I hate mp3s. I only even listen to them (or youtube) when I'm deciding on a CD. BB and Target rarely had the good stuff like LLL and Intrada anyway.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

You can pooh-pooh it if you want, but any way you look at it, this is not a good development for fans of physical media.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

You can pooh-pooh it if you want, but any way you look at it, this is not a good development for fans of physical media.

CDs are just on borrowed time. I honestly thought 2016 was gonna be the final year, but as long as manufacturers still make them and folks still buy them, LLL will still make them.

MV

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   stringbean   (Member)

I just hope that my soundtrack purchases in the near future never get to the stage where like many DVD titles, it's MOD (Manufactured-On-Demand) which would be produced on inferior CD-Rs.

I notice that Warner Archive (amongst others), for example are pushing a lot of DVD-R lately with old classic 50's and 60s titles of TV shows and cartoons for that niche market.

An interesting article I read today about whether the 'Greatest Hits' albums have had their day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42701623

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

MV, if CDs do kick the bucket one day and labels still don't have download rights, is that the end of LLL?

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I was at Staples the other day, and couldn't believe you can still buy thermal fax paper and floppy disks. But clearly enough people still buy them that it's worth still making them.

So as MV says, the same will be true for CDs. But the days of mainstream CD dominance are over, and it's a bit silly that some here seem to pretend otherwise.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Ok it's my turn to call you out, Schiffy. Floppy disks? wink

 
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