Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Tucked away amongst all the sobbing and crying over HMV's sales is an interesting little nugget: same-store sales at HMV are down year-on-year by 3.8%, but their music and DVD sales increased. In other words, selling CDs is a better business to be in than the other rubbish that HMV has tried to bulk its stores out with over the past few years. Yes, that's despite the supposed buggering of the physical CD market the BPI claims can only be arrested by dragging downloaders into court.

Time and again, the figures prove that there's no crisis in music industry: why does the BPI continue to thrash about like an organisation in its death throes? Why does the BPI persistently denigrate the performance of an industry it's meant to be talking up?

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