The UK arm of the Woolworths’ company announced yesterday that from August they will no longer sells CDs in store.
The UK arm of the Woolworths’ company announced yesterday that from August they will no longer sells CDs in store – instead the company is launching a digital download site for music, video games and mobile media.
According to Woolworths UK , some 55 million CD singles were sold in the UK in the year 2000 compared with just eight million in 2007. The company sites this decline in physical sales as the main instigator for the move:
“Digital downloading is now the true customer choice for listening and purchasing single music tracks,” said Jim Batchelor, commercial director at Woolworths.
“CDs are alive and well for album sales, but the physical singles market is in terminal decline. Our customers are now embracing the world of download which is why we feel the time is right to launch our new digital site.”
Special promotions will run during the first week of the site’s launch, but in general most tracks will be priced at 77p ($1.59) albums at £16.50, films and TV shows from 97p ($2) and mobile content from £1.50 ($3).
Downloads will be managed through an application that has to be installed on customers’ PCs.
The old Woolworths download site, which was music only, has now been switched off and will be replaced by the new service.
Woolworths claims they will have over 1.2 million tracks available in MP3 or WMA format from all major UK labels.
The new site will also include over 1,000 films and TV shows, over 200 PC games to download or play online and a range of mobile wallpapers, games and real and polyphonic ring-tones.