HMV was what you did because you always have. The function HMV ended up performing was either reminding you what to listen to on Spotify or buy from Amazon later at a cheaper price. It is sad to see a musical institution close but the closure of HMV is just another consequence of a change in musical trends.
Steve raises his voice, a bit of the old punk rage perhaps asserting itself again after all these years. "You had to work to go and see a band back in '77, had to get off your arse and go to a gig, and then go to a record store to purchase the product. There was a lot more work involved. Now it's just mindless consumption."
I guess Father Christmas must feel this way when he puts on the red coat and climbs into his sleigh. I am talking about the warm glow that returns seasonally once a year when BBCMusic Entertainment get out the glitter cannons and the reindeer hats and send for the neon signs that say 'TOP OF THE POPS'.