Are CDs Becoming A Novelty Item? They Might Be At One Local Store

“Last year, maybe about 98-99% of my sales were vinyl. And now it’s 90-10% (CDs),” said Marty Bourgeois, the owner of Beach Records.

There is something romantic about retro. And believe it or not, CDs might already be there.

“I don’t think they’re ever going to disappear,” said Joe Honeycutt.

Joe runs Joe’s Record Exchange downtown. If you’re a music lover, according to his sales, you’re probably buying vinyl.

“Not a ton of money made on the CDs here,” he said.

But as CDs come off the shelves at big box stores (a report from Billboard said Best Buy told music suppliers it will no longer sell CDs by July 1st) a few of you are showing interest in them again.

“Last year, maybe about 98-99% of my sales were vinyl. And now it’s 90-10% (CDs),” said Marty Bourgeois, the owner of Beach Records.

“They will probably at some point become a new novel thing down the road for people that have never experienced them before,” said Joe.

But how novel is the question. Vinyl went underground for a while, but it never went out of style. Now it seems to be the thing again.

“I think a lot of it has to do with a warmth of the sound, for the most part. That might not even be a lot of it, though.”

Even to a guy like Joe that’s been in the business for years – vinyl’s allure is kind of a mystery.

There was vinyl – then 8-tracks – then casettes – then CDs. And of them all — vinyl seems to connect the most. Joe remembers, “Laying on the floor in front of my console stereo listening to my Monkeys albums.”

None of the local stores we spoke to said they sell CDs new. You can still get them at Target and Walmart. But there’s some speculation even that could change soon.

Target told USA Today, quote, “The changes we’re evaluating to our operating model, which shows a continued investment in our Entertainment business, reflect a broader shift in the industry and consumer behavior.”

Joe said, “I think the availability of streaming and digital downloads did more damage to CDs than vinyl.”

Will time make us love CDs again?


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