Saturday, May 19, 2007

Goodbye, Virgin

I work right down the street from the Virgin Megastore. I admit to having shopped at the corporate megagiant. It's been great for buying "classic" cd's during their weekly sales. Filling in my Pink Floyd collection was never so easy. I feel somewhat conflicted about the store's closing. On the one hand, it's a trend that's been going on in our fair city for more than a year (first Crow's Nest, then Tower, and now Virgin). I'm sure this will lead industry heads to herald the death of the retail music store, and use it as fodder for their anti-digital music positions. On the other hand, you'd think they'd figure out by now that charging $18 for a CD is utterly ridiculous, especially when the same CD can be bought cheaper over the internet. In addition, maybe if they spent less money supporting and marketing utterly disposable pap, and spent more on developing artists with something to say other than "baby baby baby," their sales wouldn't be flagging.

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