Say it ain’t so! Nineties babies everywhere are screaming because beginning July 1, 2018, Best Buy will stop selling CDs. At one point, the retail giant was the most powerful music merchandiser in the U.S., but now it’s a shadow of its former self. Although the digital music industry is on the rise, CD sales fell 18.5 percent last year, according to Billboard.
The magazine also reported that Target wants to stop paying labels for CDs it doesn’t sell. Sources say Target gave the ultimatum last year to both music and video suppliers in the fourth quarter that it wants to switch to scanned-based trading, with a target date of February 1.
Target wants to stop paying labels for CDs it doesn't sell, Best Buy to pull CDs https://t.co/KMYJ1Es9TR— billboard (@billboard) February 3, 2018
Unfortunately, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. With streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, there doesn’t seem to be much of a place for CDs anymore. In fact, more than 800 million CDs were sold in the US in 2001, but that number fell to 89 million in 2017, according to Consequence of Sound. Although sales have been in decline for a while, people can’t help but share their feelings on over social media.
“Starting July 1, Best Buy isn’t going to be selling CDs anymore. I feel a bit betrayed,” one person wrote on Twitter. “This is what happens when computers rule the world. A mess,” another added. “Best Buy isn’t selling CDs anymore after July 1. I’m more upset about this than I should be,” someone else agreed.
One person, however, was just downright distraught. “This makes me so sad. To think back even 10 years seems unimaginable that of all places Best Buy would pull them. The art and insert, that joy you would get, you’re right, the net has destroyed that. There’s better sound quality with them versus digital, in my opinion, too.”
Rest assured, folks. Ironically, the store will still be selling vinyl records.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Life & Style.