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Joolio Geordio
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Edited Nov 21, 2009, 17:11
Re: Fileshare and illegally download now!
Nov 21, 2009, 16:58
thesweetcheat wrote:

CD sales are declining, but partly this is industry, rather than customer, driven. The HMV chain now prioritises games and DVDs. Buyers who want CDs won't find them there anymore and CDs have become increasingly marginalised partly because of this lack of highstreet availability.

I think its retail driven rather than music industry driven or consumer driven. The record companies major and independent alike are concerned that they CD sales are falling and they are being afforded less shelf space at retail. This reduction in shelf space is partly due to lack of compelling releases and partly due to retailers particularly the non traditional music retailers e.g. the supermarkets preferring to use that shelf space for something (could be video, could be games could be something non home entertainment related) which is a higher value item than a CD.
As I said music companies large and small still want us to buy CD's and the fall in demand, be it due to lack of good artists or due to the large amount of illegal file sharing or friend to friend copying on CD-R concerns them as they haven't truly got to grips with the legal download world and put an effective digital distribution business model in place to replace the loss in sales from CD's. In 2007 in the UK CD Album sales fell by 30 million units vs. 2006 - while legal album download sales reached 6 million units.
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