A few jumbled thoughts on the collapse of the HMV chain:
- If all or most of HMV’s current shops close, what does this mean for music? I would estimate that half of my music purchases over the past 2-3 years were from my local HMV in Reading. The rest were direct purchases from the artists, either via their websites or their merch desks. I’ve not used Amazon for at least a couple of years. Without HMV, will people like me buy more independent music, or just less music?
- Going beyond music, what is it about the “Traditional High Street” that ought to be preserved? Do the faceless chain stores that dominate our clone towns really have any value? If the High Street is doomed because it can’t compete with internet shopping’s lower overheads, what can replace it?
- And finally, how about social and leisure activities that revolve around something other than shopping?
What does anyone else think?