It does make the people come together. Apparently, just not at Borders.
I really wanted to call this ‘the day the music died’ – but it’s not a song title. I guess I could have gone with ‘American Pie’…….but I didn’t.
Two days ago I walked into a Borders for the first time in a long long time. Here is what I saw:
There was no rearranging going on. It is not like they were moving compact disks from point A to point B in the store. Nope – this was 100% pure consolidation. They had literally got Blues, Rock, Classical, Gospel, Country, Jazz, Folk and International down to about 2-3 of these cases. There had used to be 2 dozen or so. No more. No more.
I don’t know if it is Border’s business model that sucks so badly or if iTunes’ is just that good. I don’t really think it is either. The music business is hurting – in sales and in talent….but not in that order.
Music sales are down 11.3% from this time last year – which is about the same from the time a year before that. That’s all music – downloaded and from brick & mortar (no Becky – not Mordor!). But they are down because the labels continually put out crap. So.Very.Sad.
Borders might have to focus more on books. I know of a good one coming out in a month or so.
Song by: Madonna