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Best Buy To Stop Selling CDs, Target May Be Next

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Ed Christman, writing for Billboard:

    Best Buy has just told music suppliers that it will pull CDs from its stores come July 1. At one point, Best Buy was the most powerful music merchandiser in the U.S., but nowadays it’s a shadow of its former self, with a reduced and shoddy offering of CDs. Sources suggest that the company’s CD business is nowadays only generating about $40 million annually. While it says it’s planning to pull out CDs, Best Buy will continue to carry vinyl for the next two years, keeping a commitment it made to vendors. The vinyl will now be merchandised with the turntables, sources suggest.

  2. TJ Wells

    Trusted Prestigious

    It's mind blowing to me that people still buy cd's.
  3. Fox83


    I still do from time to time (certainly not at the rate I did 10-15 years ago) because I like physical copies once in awhile, and I typically make sure it comes with a digital copy.
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  4. NitrateDawn


    This is a really sad day
  5. oldjersey

    Pro Podcaster Supporter

  6. Yellowcard2006


    I buy CDs from best buy every month

    this is terrible news.
  7. justin.

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  8. justin.

    Trusted Supporter

    My 2015 Mazda doesn’t even have a CD player. USB and Bluetooth only.
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  9. Dan O'Neill


    I work at Target. I’m the guy at my store who sets the entertainment aisles every week. Our music department has been crap for a few years now, and it shrinks more each year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we follow in Best Buy’s footsteps real soon.
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  10. Davjs


    I still love owning cds, but also do vinyl and digital as well. I saw this coming though, anytime I went into Best Buy on album release day I was never sure if their one lonely isle for CDs would have what I came in for.
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  11. Yellowcard2006


    I got the Fall Out Boy album at best buy in stores but for any smaller releases I got online (Dangerous Summer and Tiny Moving Parts were only)
  12. carlosonthedrums

    Cooler than a polar bear's toenails Prestigious

    It took me forever to abandon the practice of buying CDs, which I finally did last year. Even so, it's still really sad to read this considering so many of my favorite music-purchasing memories are tied to this particular store. I discovered so many bands at those touch-screen (fucking mind-blowing technology in 1997!) kiosks they used to have where you could preview 30-second song snippets by a variety of artists. I love Apple Music to death for the availability of expanding my musical lexicon tenfold, but there was something really cool about having to work for it.
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  13. slimfenix182


    I still buy cds but often my Best Buy didn't have the new releases I was looking for. So thisis whatever. Still kind of sad lol

    I need to go to mine to see if they still have a Nerf Herder EP from 2003. It was still there a couple years ago and survived every downsizing of the section. It's one of my favorite curiosities from my life haha
  14. rxbandit89

    probably over-caffeinated. Supporter

    This is going to be weird.
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  15. CMilliken


    Just make sure to support your local stores. I buy a little of everything so it sucks that Best Buy is eliminating that buying option as it’s really close to my house. But I guess I’ll just have to make the trek up to the local store about 20 minutes away.
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  16. slimfenix182


    Best Buy, Target and Newbury Comics are the most local I have 30 minutes away at the same mall. Hopefully Newbury sticks around lol
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  17. MysteryKnight

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Can we like start a petition to stop this or something? I know that wouldn't work, not enough people care about CDs anymore. It's just too sad, Best Buy usually has the best prices for CDs too, that's where I always go
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  18. davecerv


    This was inevitable...I do vinyl and Spotify. Everyone I know is a Spotify user.
    The most recent CD I bought was a Japanese import single that isn't available in any form in the US.
    Besides that, I haven't purchased a CD in like a year. If I did it was purely for support and not to use since my car doesn't have a cd player. I haven't purchased anything from iTunes in a long while either.

    I do however love buying physical media in the form of Blu-Rays and Nintendo Switch games!
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  19. skurt

    Sleekest of beaks. So Good.

    My local BestBuy got rid of CDs over a year ago so this isn't too surprising.
  20. Loki

    God of mischief

    Still kind of sad news for me... I still buy CDs and/or Vinyl of my favorite artists... digital is convenient but still feels hollow to me.
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  21. Loki

    God of mischief

    You owe it to that EP to buy it, ya know... ;)
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  22. DesolateEarth


    Im going to admit my disappointment about the end of cds/physical music. I hate the fact that we may soon live in a world where all music is digital and available on streaming sites/apps only.

    I love owning a copy of the music I listen to. That isn't ownership. I am legitimately angry and upset that this is where we are now. I understand it's cheaper to distribute and the majority of people who just listen to radio don't care about owning full albums. It just doesn't feel real or good to me.
  23. Fox83


    I think there will always be physical offerings, but they'll likely be limited or sold direct from bands, websites, etc
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  24. Kiana

    Goddamn, man child Prestigious

    I have so many good memories of CD buying from target and best buy. I live in the middle of nowhere so my dad would drive me an hour away to go cause they are the nearest place that sold cds and we'd browse forever. Then steadily it'd be harder to find the releases we wanted and finally we stopped all together. But it will always be a treasured tradition. I did buy Britney's last album Glory in physical copy tho!
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  25. Bayside 182

    Wolverine Supporter

    very sad to hear this. It makes sense if its not profitable for them to continue selling them but still upsetting. Digital music is great and convenient but theres something about holding a tangible object that contains the music that is satisfying, also the album artwork and lyric booklet on some cds.

    It seems weird to me that Vinyl is as popular as its ever been since the 70's as all other physical copies vanish, but its nic to see some form on music stick around not just in the airwaves.
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