Sainsbury’s has announced that it will no longer sell CDs and DVDs in stores in the coming weeks. The supermarket has already started to withdraw these products from its shelves.
However, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the value of vinyl sales in 2021 is expected to overtake that of CDs for the first time since the late 1980s.
A BPI spokesperson said: “The CD has proved exceptionally successful for nearly 40 years and remains a format of choice for many music fans who value sound quality, convenience and collectability.
“Although demand has been following a long-term trend as consumers increasingly transition to streaming, resilient demand is likely to continue for many years, enhanced by special editions and other collectible releases.
“If some retailers now see the format as less of a priority, this will create a further opportunity for others, such as independent shops and specialist chains such as HMV, to cater to the continuing demand.”
Following the news, Sainsbury’s customers have expressed their disappointment – and even rage – on social media.
Many were evidently sad to see the supermarket make the decision to scrap the sale of DVDs and CDs.
One customer wrote on Twitter: “Sad hearing Sainsbury’s are no longer selling CDs or DVDs in their stores, hope other retail supermarkets don’t follow suit because I like to buy a CD or DVD in their shops. But it’s a world we live in now, everyone is downloading stuff online. It’s a shame it has to end this way.”
Another person commented: “Sometimes in Sainsburys I buy a CD or DVD, especially when on holiday. No need to stock a whole aisle, but at least keep a small selection.”
One person said: “I’m a big fan of physical media and always will be. When a new album that I want comes out I’ll buy the CD. When the latest movie is released I’ll get the Blu Ray. It’s a shame the world seems to be moving away from it.”
Another person wrote: “Damn shame.”
One customer said: “Supermarkets were never good places to buy films or music. Decline in physical media or not.”
Another Sainsbury’s customer added: “Am absolutely guttered in hearing this. Love collecting DVDs. Really guttered.”
One person said: “Horrible decision.”
However, some people were happy with the news, believing it will motivate people to support independent businesses.
One person said: “Well we shouldn’t be buying DVDs and CDs from a supermarket. This is why music and DVD retailers are disappearing!!”
Another person wrote: “So Sainsbury’s have stopped selling CDs, Vinyl and DVDs from the Northwich store. Saddened by this as it was a source of buying new music aside from travelling out of town or online ordering, but I guess it helps independent record stores keep customers and sales.”