Sainsbury’s have stopped selling CD’s and DVD’s whilst vinyl sales grow

The supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it will stop selling CD’s and DVD’s as digital services take their toll on sales.

Music and film streaming services are increasingly popular amongst the majority of customers, the firm has announced, pushing the chain to take the products off its shelves.

Although other supermarket chains show no signs of following just yet, the decision sparks concerns for people in the UK who do not or can not access the Internet.

Last year, AgeUK reported that 19 per cent of people 55 and over in the UK were not using the Internet.

Top listed reasons for people not using the Internet included ‘not sure how to use it’, ‘not interested’ and ‘concerned about scams’. Other reasons cited technical difficulties and cost.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Our customers increasingly go online for entertainment, so earlier this year we took the decision to gradually phase out the sale of DVDs and CDs, so that we can dedicate extra space to food and popular products like clothing and homewares.”

Digital media is thriving… alongside retro vinyl!

Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 356m users.

In April 2021, Netflix announced it had 208 million subscribers worldwide.

However, Sainsbury’s will continue to sell vinyl’s in selected stores due to their resurgence – even though the CD was designed to kill the format off.

UK sales of vinyl records reached 4.8 million last year, bringing in revenue of more than £86m.

Will this affect older people?

Tony Openshaw from Manchester said: “I listen to music on different formats for different experiences, but mainly for convenience.

“I prefer vinyl, but I also want to listen to music through my telephone whilst walking or driving or travelling on the tram.

“I have two records – “One Way System” by Dub Syndicate and “Super Ape” by Lee “Scratch” Perry – on cassette, vinyl LP, CD and mp3! Generally, I prefer specialist record shops like Piccadilly Records in Manchester city centre or King Bee Records in Chorlton.”

David McLenachan from Bury added: “I can’t be too high and mighty about where to buy music as I confess I use Amazon more than anything.

“The excitement of shopping for music used to be a real treasure, and I’d call into my local independent record store pretty much every time I passed to try and find something new, on 45 or LP. Many a blissful hour spent in Listen on Byres Road, Glasgow, or Vibes in Bury, both long since gone.

“I’m too much of a music snob to be buying music in any supermarket anyway, but although sad I take the view that everything they do is driven by demand and there’s no doubt the latest trend is back to vinyl.
“CDs are becoming scarcer. Even the famous Rough Trade shops in London have a much reduced CD section so I have to live with the times. I’m a bit of a dinosaur in so much as I prefer having a physical copy of music, and there’s little doubt vinyl has something special and nostalgic about it, however although I’ve still got all my LPs I don’t play them, preferring the ease of a CD.
“I’ve also plenty of music on my PC with iTunes but have come to belatedly realise it’s not a good quality experience listening to music via a PC or phone, so have reverted back to CDs, and enjoy the experience. I can find what I want to buy online and as there’s few record shops of any distinction remaining I’ll have to stick with that.
“The only thing I miss is a proper record shop, supermarkets only ever have a tiny range, little beyond the current big sellers of some dubious compilations anyway. I used to spend all my time making dubious compilations on C90 cassettes but they’re taking up space in the loft!”
Do you think other shops will follow?


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