Growing up, I have fond memories of crawling through the local video rental stores on rainy days, picking out choice scary movies for birthday parties, and anxiously anticipating the VHS release of movies 4 to 5 months after their appearance on the silver screen. I was at the front of the line when DVD players came onto the market, paying way too much not only for the player but also to convert the bulk of my movie collection over to the new format. The entertainment industry has seen many changes since then including the triumph of Blu-Ray over HD-DVD, as well as the success of numerous online streaming and downloadable content providers. The latter has forever changed the way we consume media, resulting in widespread closures of corporate behemoths such as Blockbuster and longstanding local independent mom and pop movie rental stores (CD Exchange). Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
How long until CD/DVD rental and retail stores will disappear in Kingston?
- 2-5 years (40%, 57 Votes)
- 1-2 years (24%, 34 Votes)
- 5+ years (23%, 33 Votes)
- Never (13%, 18 Votes)
Total Voters: 142
The proliferation of cheap and convenient online music streaming and download services coupled by the disappearance of the music retail store, make the buying of physical CDs a less desirable option for today’s music enthusiasts. As a result, CD sales have dropped by 50 per cent since their peak in 2000. A lot of today’s younger consumers don’t even own a CD player and even fewer are attracted to the prospect of buying or collecting CDs.
In spite of the widespread appetite for digital content served by the likes of i-Tunes, Netflicks and others, the perseverance of Brian’s Record Option, Classic Video and even Chumleighs are signs that there is still a local demand for physical media. I mean, the fact that they’re still putting CD and DVD players in automobiles has to count for something, right? Can we expect independent niche stores to survive in the long run, or is it only a matter of time until physical media rental and retail will vanish in Kingston?
Thanks to aka_zoe for today’s photo.