The Number of Physical Music Stores Hit an All-Time HIGH in 2014! (NOT a Typo)

Wait a sec. Aren’t record stores supposed to be dying off in the largest mass extinction since the Permian age? Apparently not–at least not in the UK. From The Guardian:

News stories may often emphasise the rising popularity of streaming services and the decline of the CD sale, but according to a new report, there have never been more ways to access physical copies of music in the UK.

A study published in the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) Yearbook on 24 February claims that 2014 saw record highs for outlets selling CD and vinyl products. The association stated that the number of physical outlets selling music increased by 20.4% to 10,391. It also reported that stores selling video grew by 18.8% over the previous year to reach 10,500 while the number of games outlets grew by 1.3% to 5,665.

Yes, but there’s sort of a catch to all this good news. Read on.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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