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Record shops are holding out

22 March 2006 – The music industry has to cope with declining turnover. However, specialised record shops such as Concerto and Boudisque are hardly affected, Het Parool writes today.

According to a national trade association, cd sales decreased by 13% last year. The blame is put on downloading and illegal copies. According to the owner of Get Records and Concerto, both on the Utrechtsestraat, it is mainly large shops such as the Free Record Shop and the V&D and Bijenkorf department stores that are affected.

“The non-quality shops have lost almost half of their turnover. They have never invested in quality, but always opted for short-term products”. This is confirmed at Boudisque. “Short life span and high profits, that was the focus of most record companies [...] it is precisely the volatile hit songs that are being downloaded”.

At Concerto, turnover has in fact risen by ten percent last year. A salesman: “People who come to our store, download music out of curiosity. They want to discover new music, and if they really like it they buy the cd”.

Musicland at the Ferdinand Bolstraat will soon have to close its doors after 25 years in business. However, this is caused by the construction of the Noord/Zuid underground connection. “Of course sales were going down as a result of downloading. But then you are talking of about five percent. I could have dealt with that with special offers and special import. For me, the Noord/Zuid connection has been the final blow”.

Source: Het Parool

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