I was surprised to find myself in HMV at the weekend and seriously considering buying a couple of CDs.
Setting foot in thre music (and games, DVDs, t-shirts, books, phone accessories and so on) shop was not that unusual, it was more the fact that I might buy something without first listening to it and checking its price online.
But they had a sale on, and such impulse buying used to make up a large part of my music collection, with purchases of varying levels of success. For every Sound of Silver there a CD by The Vasalines that left me wondering why I’d bought it – beyond of course the Nirvana connection.
It’s no wonder HMV and other similar shops are desperately diversifying. Choice and information are so freely available (and I’m not even going to address illegal downloads) that they always appear somewhat unloved these days.
Worse, walking around town later in the week I was browsing on my phone’s Amazon app and saw that they had all the albums I’d been considering for just under £5 each where in HMV they were only available on a two for £10 offer. (But, of course, I’m sure Amazon hadn’t done that on purpose.)
So tonight I’ll be off to Spotify to recommence my highly enjoyable window shopping for music.