This week brought some bad news and some good news for physical media fans.
First, the bad: Best Buy announced Tuesday that it will stop selling CDs in all of its stores nationwide starting in July due to a drop in sales. Target is also mulling a no-CD policy as well.
(For those of you keeping track at home, CDs are these things that older millennials used to listen to before we found Spotify.)
The good news, for those of you who still care to purchase physical copies of albums (an album is a full set of songs with a cohesive theme released by an artist on one collection— ask your dad, or maybe Drake, about that), is that Austin’s own Waterloo Records has promised to keep selling CDs as long as there is a demand.
The landmark record store specializes in selling new and used vinyls (vinyl records are these wax circle things that you place a needle to at varying speeds to play music), new and used CDs, new and used cassette tapes (a cassette tape is that thing that’s been stuck in your dad’s car for the last five years) and new and used Blu-Rays and DVDs.
Waterloo has long encouraged customers to bring in their used media and trade them in for cash or store credit.
All cynicism aside, we’re physical media fans here at Austin 360 and we recognize that Waterloo, other record stores and Austin’s eight Half Price Books locations remain some of the last few stores in this city where people can purchase physical media. HPB also sells and trades VHS, 8-tracks, LaserDiscs and the occasional Betamax.
Waterloo also has a pretty sizable used CD and used DVD section, so those forms of media won’t die out any time soon. At least, not in Austin.