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Music shops: use them or lose them

Music shops' tough decade - only a quarter survive

Cheap music in supermarkets and online means music lovers may miss out 

Of the 78% of Which? members who bought music last year, only 13% bought from independent record shops.

Far more popular for buying CDs and vinyl were the internet (66%), high street chains (42%) and supermarkets (34%).

For its Record Shop Blues article in the June issue of Which? magazine, the consumer champion surveyed 2,263 Which? Connect online panel members. 

Why we need independent record shops

Musicians’ Union general secretary John Smith says: ‘Small music companies rely on these shops to promote new artists’.

The falling price of CDs – down from £11 in 2000 to £8 in 2008 – means record companies are ‘not making the kind of viable return they need, taking fewer risks with their artist investments’, according to an HMV spokesman.

Use them or lose them

The Which? Local music page is the place to start finding or recommending music shops before they disappear. 

Which? testing expertise

Which? scours the market and conducts its rigorous independent testing to bring you the best MP3 players – the Which? MP3 player review has 100 MP3 players on test – but only 35 Best Buys.


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