In our aggressively digital age, vinyl is enjoying a welcome resurgence... Vinyl is, for artists and listeners alike, a stamp of quality. Anyone can generate an mp3 now- there are so many easy-to-use programmes like ProTools, Logic, Ableton (all of them significantly harder to use well admittedly) out there for would-be music-makers.
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.
Recently it was announced that sales of music on CD and vinyl dived 30 per cent in the UK during the first half of 2012, as revenues for streaming services such as Spotify and We7 increased. According to the figures, on-demand services look set to grow their revenues by 40 per cent this year making this the fastest growing sector of the music industry, with predicted global revenues of £696 million this year alone.