Aberdeen is set to lose it’s last remaining independent record shop One Up on the 31st January, with HMV’s fate to be sealed in the coming weeks and months. The music-buying public in Aberdeen and the surrounding area will be without any proper record shop leaving only the supermarkets who only sell chart CD’s. Aberdeen won’t be the only city in this position, so what is the serious music buyer, who likes a tangible product, to do next?
The fate of One Up has forced me to think hard about how I’m to continue to get my music fix.
I don’t like Amazon – they don’t pay full UK tax and are at the root of the problems faced by existing records shops
I like a tangible CD or vinyl, I like to be able to read the album covers and a CD lasts as long as I look after it!
I will never go fully digital
So what can I do? I will have to save up my music browsing for cities that still have record shops and I will be looking into ordering online via independent record shops. Options are limited now and I have to admit it scares me and fills me with dread. Some of my most interesting purchases have been made while browsing or getting recommendations at the One Up counter.
I hope someone entrepreneurial may take a risk and open a record shop in Aberdeen in the future, but I fear I may be over optimistic.
This is a bleak time to be a music fan!