Best Buy to Drop CDs

If you’ve spent any time in a Best Buy store in recent years you’ve no doubt noticed the incredible shrinking music section, which has gone from multiple disc-filled aisles to a small section devoted to new releases and a limited selection of top selling classic albums.

It’s no secret that the CD is going down fast but the demise may be happening even faster than we realize. Billboard has reported that the electronics retail giant will stop carrying CDs in its stores on July, 1 and that Target may follow.

Music industry sources say Target is looking to sell CDs on what amounts to a consignment basis with music labels bearing the inventory risk, according to the report. It remains to be seen how the Target scenario will play out but it will likely be settled over the next couple of months.

Like Best Buy, Target has also significantly reduced the size of its music department in recent years.

COMMENTS
brenro's picture

Still have vinyl though.

Tommy Lee's picture

...better copy them to a second drive, they shoot craps all the time. Happened to me.

Billy's picture

I still buy CDs, but Amazon sells them at the best discount. Perhaps if they matched those prices it would be okay. Otherwise, modern music is hardly worth buying anyhow, and most of us already own the classic stuff.

efgaug's picture

I continue to purchase music on cd's. One reason is that my 20 year old pickup has a CD player. I do rip them lossless onto my NAS and use iTunes to send a copy to my phone. I stream from my NAS to various players at home. There is something tangible and pleasant about opening a disc box and looking at liner notes. The other thing is that current downloadable music typically costs more than a CD. I still play vinyl and occasionally purchase a rare copy. It will be sad to see CD;s demise.

Soundboy's picture

I still buy hundreds of new CDs/SACDs each year. No streaming or downloading here. Best Buy or Target is not exactly my first choice when I go music shopping.

Thomas J. Norton's picture
Amazon conquers the world. It's as simple as that. Brick and mortar stores simply can't compete with Amazon's prices or, more significantly, selection. But I do miss being able to go to a well stocked CD store (Tower, R.I.P) and browsing the bins linking for interesting stuff.
Thomas J. Norton's picture
Amazon conquers the world. It's as simple as that. Brick and mortar stores simply can't compete with Amazon's prices or, more significantly, selection. But I do miss being able to go to a well stocked CD store (Tower, R.I.P) and browsing the bins linking for interesting stuff.
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