Best Buy To Close 50 Stores Indie And DIY Bands Win!

BestBuy is closing 50 of it’s big-box stores and opening 100 new smaller “cell phone shack” stores. This is big news for the music business since these smaller stores are unlikely to carry any CDs in them. This deals another blow to the second generation left behind, CD buying luddites and puts another nail in the coffin of this outdated technology. This also deals a severe blow to the major labels control of who gets popular in music and makes it all the more easy for indie and DIY bands rise up in popularity.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Kris Karcher

    really… you see this as a good thing? i’ve always liked best buys selection. yea sure its more mainstream but i have bought a shit ton of stuff from there over the years. at a decent price too. you cant beat 7.99 or 9.99 albums during the first week. i see this as a blow to music fans. 

  • Bob Heskett

    I hate Best Buy and never buy there or WAL-Mart, but I still like to have an album of vinyl or cd in my hands because of the following reasons:  They sound better and any listening test will prove that.  CD’s and vinyl have proper liner notes which Hardly EVER make it to Mp3s in the right way. ARTWORK suffers in a lot of ways, as typically people just look at front covers only and ignore everything else.  Cohesive album listening suffers as well, because audio is typically segregated in most cases to ensure the .99 cent sale which can kill the flow of the album.
     I will continue buy CD’s and Vinyl, even though I am apparently being mocked as some outdated dinosaur which I completely resent from you as a fellow musician, considering the poor audio representation we have had to endure.   Go watch your HD video on a 2 inch screen with your crappy compressed mp3 sound and leave the quality audio to us “luddites.”   It’s not our fault the industry took a step BACKWARD in QUALITY.  I do not fear new media as long as the media does not SUBTRACT from the old media in the most important areas!   Who sounds silly now?   You and every other person that touts Mp3s as better.  They only win two areas: storage and portability.  That’s not enough.