[pullquote quote=”Let me know where you like to buy music. Maybe you’ll turn another in the XRT family on to your favorite spot.”]The news for the music industry continues to be bleak. I don’t know if you noticed, but the economy in general has not been so great, and the music biz continues to slide. Not only a bad economy, but the fact that people are still “sharing” music files on line, and good luck actually finding stores that sell music you’d want to buy. I still mourn the passing of Rose Records and Tower Records.
Not only miss the excellent selection of all kinds of music, but also the excellent staff of music lovers who turned me on to excellent music, and provided hours of great conversation. Saturday afternoons I still drive by Clark and Belden and feel a loss. And you couldn’t beat a few hours at Wax Trax Records chatting with Jim and Danny about the newest of new wave. But now music shopping is point and click. And that’s not doing so great either.
Billboard Magazine reports that U.S. album sales for 2010 fell 12.8% to 326.2 million units from 373.9 million units in 2009. The sales of CDs fell by nearly 20% for the fourth year in a row.
As far as digital sales go, growth in individual track sales was slow. Barely 1% increase. Sales were 1.17 billion units compared to 1.16 billion in 2009. Digital album downloads fared better with 13% growth. If it wasn’t for Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas and Eminem, things would be even worse.
Things will never go back to what they were, but the fact that fewer brick and mortar stores are selling music, and even those that do, did you notice they give even less floor space than before? And the selection has become a joke. I recently ran out to grab a nice, mainstream classical CD as a hostess gift for a dinner party, and I couldn’t even find music to brunch by. Pathetic. So maybe take that money you got in exchange for those Christmas presents that horrified you, and visit your local indy record store and buy some stuff. And ask the clerk for a recommendation. And tell them you love ’em. We can’t afford to lose what we have left. They are an essential part of our music community. Bless ’em.
Let me know where you like to buy music and why. Maybe you’ll turn another in the XRT family on to your favorite spot. And what are your music buying habits these days? How much do you buy online? How is it compared to a few years ago? Do you take advantage of the XRT free downloads? Let’s share information.
And if you’re curious about what XRT listeners liked last year, check into the VIP Lounge to see how you can attend the 2010 XRT Listener Poll Gala. Big fun.