Local West Ashley record store will still be selling CDs after Best Buy stops this summer
As music CD sales continue to drop, big box stores like Best Buy are pulling the plug. But instead of killing the music, a West Ashley record store is embracing it and increasing their CD inventory.
"We feel like there's demand, we're going to keep selling them as long as people keep buying them," said Galen Hudson, general manager at Monster Music and Movies.
He said they're adding to their current collection of more than 300,000 CDs.
"You can get a lot of stuff as import that's not available in the U.S. for a pretty good price, so that's what we're looking to expand," Hudson said. "For us, CD is still outside vinyl, as much press as vinyl gets and as sexy as it is and everything, we sell more units in CDs."
Vinyl has experienced a Renaissance over the last decade. It's not quite that time for the compact disc, but for some people, CDs still encase something others don't.
"I come to Monster to buy used CDs because it's kind of the thrill of the hunt," said Monster regular Devin Grant.
While Grant is not exactly a CD purist, he said digital just doesn't cut it.
"I just prefer having a hard copy. I mean, I download occasionally, but there's just something about holding the CD or album in your hand and reading the liner notes while you're listening to it and I'm all about listening to the whole album," said Grant.
Whether CDs will become a novelty decades from now—that's anyone's guess. But for now, Hudson said CDs are still a music for the ages, no username or password required.
"Maybe some of those CDs aren't as plentiful as they once were and there could well be some sort of renaissance where there's some cache to it," said Hudson. "There's a connection that you get with music then that you don’t get with a smartphone or YouTube."