The end of an era
In February, we reported that Best Buy would be pulling the plug on CD sales. Well, it’s official, you can no longer get CDs at one of the major US retailers.
According to Billboard, Best Buy’s U.S. CD sales generally average about $40 million per year, though the sales of the format were down 18.5% last year in the United States. Best Buy still currently has a vinyl section, but the corporate giant is planning on phasing that out as well.
That leaves very few major retailers left to buy actual physical product. There’s Target (who are also considering dropping CDs), WalMart, FYE (which seems to be metal’s biggest supporter in the retail space) and then Hot Topic. Of course, there are independent music stores, which are still doing their best to keep the format alive, but even those are dying out.
CDs were around for 35 years and were on top at least half of that time. When you think about it, that’s a really good run. And they’ll likely remain the last physical medium for music.
The car stereo was the last refuge of the CD for me, and I got a new aftermarket installed last year and now almost everything runs through my phone and Bluetooth. Which is good, because I was struck by how terrible the interface for the car player is.