Originally Posted by alex98uk
Ever been to a proper record shop like Rough Trade in London? They have great selection, 99% of it non commercial rubbish. There is still great music out there to be found. I don't go near HMV and other big shops.
No, never been to London, at least the London that is in England. Our record stores have long disappeared - they used to be pretty good. These days, the want of a CD requires a two hour drive to another city, and even there, the record stores have really dwindled. I never liked or bothered with HMV, it is just a front for RCA Records, and I dislike proprietary things.
There has always been lots of rubbish, even in the mainstream where it was rife. But at least there was Bread, Foghat, and Badfinger. It just seems to me that there are a lot of musicians that simply do not record any more. Record companies hijack cash faster than a swarm of flies can hijack a fresh piece of poo on a hot summer day. The stories are legendary, and I don't blame musicians because really, they make more touring and playing concerts than they will ever make off of an album.
As for iTunes, I see no real competition because no one has really stepped forth, well, next to the Zunes Store, if that's still around.
There are many reasons that push the failures of the record companies - and the iTunes Store is not one of them. To me, iTunes is simply the replacement for the music stores the record companies shoved under in the first place.