HMV Plans To Increase Instore Stock Of Vinyl In 2012

A spokesman for HMV has said that the high street chain is planning to step up the amount of vinyl it stocks in response to demand from customers.

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A spokesman for HMV has said that the high street chain is planning to step up the amount of vinyl it stocks in response to demand from customers.

The chain saw "disappointing" sales over Christmas, but its official spokesman told NME that they're still hopeful for the future and are planning to bulk up what they offer in vinyl stock. They also said that the stores will never turn their back on stocking physical music.

Asked about what changes HMV would be bringing in 2012, the chain's official spokesman told: "A lot of customers have been asking us to increase the amount of racking we dedicate to music instore and we're pleased to say we'll be doing a lot more of that soon - in fact we're also planning to significantly increase our range of vinyl in quite a few locations as well."

HMV's spokesman also told that despite the chain's recent decision to give more in store prominence to video games games and technological products such as tablet computers, the stocking of physical music would always be a part of what HMV offered.

Asked if they could ever see a time where HMV would not stock physical music, the spokesman replied: "We're seeing a gradual shift both to online and digital channels, which we're a part of as well and we see multi-channel as definitely being the way forward. However, we also believe there's a bedrock level of demand for physical music product that will continue to ensure there is some kind of high street offer for some time to come."

They continued: "Unlike singles, around 75% of albums are still sold in CD format, and a sizeable chunk of these are bought by customers who like to purchase them instore. A lot of us talk about having a vibrant high street at the heart of the community, but that's not going to happen by itself - if that's what people want, then, along with buying online and downloading, they also need to support their local stores and specialist chains."

Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    Holoogamooga
    I spent four months in England and visited every HMV I saw. Sure, it may have been a little expensive, but I've never seen a comparative music store in the midwest US. Now they're just gaining respect.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Nice idea, but should have been done long ago. At least these guys care (or appear to care) about the few of us that still like buying physical releases. I will always buy music, but if there are physical albums, I will never buy online. Waste of money. I guess one day I'll have no choice but until then I do, and more vinyl helps.
    Eirien
    It's good to see them acknowledging that there is still a big demand for physical music formats. That earns them a bit of respect back from me. And I agree with what they're saying about having "a vibrant high street at the heart of the community," but it's just so much cheaper and easier to order CDs and vinyls straight from the internet. Gaming is the only reason I go in HMV nowadays. They're cheaper and more helpful than Game and Gamestation. It's just a shame they have such a poor selection of films and music. Yeah, I could go and check in 3 or 4 different HMVs and I'll probably find what I'm after. Or I could stay at home in the warm, definately find what I'm looking for and get it delivered to my door for a third of the price.
    bazo666
    Once the don't charge silly prices for the vinyls I shall be happy
    Gen.Braddock
    Alright, who here clicked on the article just becasue of the picture on the news page?
    joshuahughes34
    Physical > Digital. Having a physical album is so much better than having so many megabytes on a harddrive.
    taytay8b
    I think media hypes things up. There is a still clearly a market for physical music, unfortunately its decreasing.
    taytay8b
    People also complain about $12.99 a CD. Sure, that may seem like a little money for a CD, but think about every single party involved. Band, managers, booking agents, lawyers, artwork, photography, studio time...the list goes on. Suddenly, does that $12.99 seem like its so much to support a band?
    Soundservant
    geezerburton wrote: 10$ for a cd and 15$ for a vinyl is pretty fair. Id say
    In Australia we have to pay around $15 for a CD and $35 for a vinyl (AUD that is).
    sampimblett
    ... why ? i thought they were trying to improve stock, surely they should just advertise more.
    KyleLee
    Why support your local chain or specialty shop when I can just buy the album off the band when they play in my town? Or online when most sites are cheaper then the instore starting price of $20.99CAD for a 30min album. Does any music store spokesperson know what torrenting is? 75% of albums are bought in store? Bought?! HMV, just say you're going under, your honesty may work more than you think.