HMV – end of an era?

Sad to see the collapse of HMV after 90 years, the last big music retailer after the disappearance of Virgin, Our Price and all the others (anyone remember Harlequin?). The range of music they sell has narrowed a fair bit in recent years – though their Fopp stores are pretty good if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has one – but it’s still a pity they’re in trouble. Let’s hope at least some of the stores survive, even if it’s under a different name. Maybe though there’s a silver lining for independent record shops? For many music fans there’s still nothing like browsing racks of CDs or vinyl, and shops that can offer that might still have a future.