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Blockbuster and HMV: Victims of Technology


Marc Weisblott just wrote about Blockbuster and HMV in his Daily Brew blog.  Both Blockbuster and HMV are facing uncertain futures resulting in a sudden wave of store closings.

As a teen, there were only a few stores I gave a shit about.  Both Blockbuster and HMV appeared on this very short list.  VHS cassette rentals was a key source of entertainment, and my Blockbuster membership was well used.  Buying CDs was a monthly ritual, and HMV and Sam the Record Man downtown were my go-to spots... unless the disc was cheaper at A&A.

Both Blockbuster and HMV are disappearing because technology has destroyed them.  Our digitized universe not only makes piracy easy for a complete n00b but presents more convenient legitimate channels for music and movies as well.  Blame iTunes and Netflix as much as The Pirate Bay.

I'm as guilty as anyone.  I can't remember the last time I visited a Blockbuster, and HMV is strictly for browsing these days.

Do you still buy CDs or rent DVDs?

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