Major retail best buy has said that come July 1st they will no longer be carrying CDs in their stores. The announcement came as a surprise to most local store goers outside of the best buy in Redding. George Herger commented that “and I have a huge cd collection and it is the only way I know how to make copies at this point.” Still, others marked it as a “chapter ending... and it’s all technology” like Jorge Torres.
The Local Best Buy forwarded our request for them to talk on the issue to corporate however we received a response to that inquiry saying “We aren’t commenting on this story because we have nothing to share.” While the store isn’t commenting on the issue, people on social media are expressing their displeasure with the situation. On Action News Now’s Facebook page we polled viewers and at this hour 68% of voters believe that taking CD’s out of stores is wrong.
With the CDs popularity falling we talked to a local record store about its decline. Ron Sullivan owner of Meteor Music told us today “vinyl is tangible it will always keep its value... CDs are nice and convenient... people put them in their car but I feel bad now they don't have anything to put in their cars.” Its no secret among enthusiast that Vinyl is the way to go in terms of sound quality. As files are compressed onto CD’s and further while being streamed, the sound quality is lost which is an issue for those that know what they are listening for. When asked if he thinks that CDs may regain popularity eventually Sullivan said “there are a lot of cd's out there and there are still people who want cd's so yes in 30 years I think there might be... who knows but if you want my honest opinion yes I still think possibly there will be a market for cd's 30 years from now.”
Only time will tell if CDs return as vintage relics of a time long past but as for Meteor Music, their CD sales are actually up due to how rare they are becoming. These retailers may be the first in a long line of stores to take this step. Target, another large seller of CDs, is cutting way back on inventory for the time being. Much more may follow but if you want to find a place that still sells all the classics make sure to head down to Meteor Music in Anderson or check them out on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Meteor-Music-155924827785888/