It is no real surprise that the Compact Disc is dying a slow death. The digital age of music is here, and illegal downloads have been killing CD sales everywhere.
I have been noticing as of late a shrinking amount of retail space in my local stores where CDs are sold. Around Christmas time, Best Buy started shrinking down their CD retail space for a row of iTunes gift cards., and books. Recently, Walmart took their music dept down in my local store from four aisles to one. Hot Topics never really had a huge CD section, but they have eliminated their CD retail section, with a digital ordering system (the CD is mailed to your house).
Soon the only place you will be able to buy your compact discs are with the independent records dealers, online or in expensive mall stores. A lot of folks like to download their music, either through iTunes or other e-tailers. Personally, I would prefer the option to still buy a CD. I like being able to open the digipack or compact disc, and read the booklet, and song lyrics. I also like the bonus material, and DVD’s that have been included with some of the newer releases.
I soon fear that music featured at Hard Rock Hideout.com and other hard rock and metal sites will soon become impossible to find in most music retailers. Illegal downloads have all but guaranteed that the only thing you will soon find in the big box retailers are the bland pop releases, and the latest Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers CDs.
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