Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s says it’s decided to prevent selling CDs and DVDs as streaming services take their toll on sales of the products.
A spokesperson said Sainsbury’s customers increasingly went for music and films online rather than buying the shiny silver discs.
The firm said sales were being phased out, although it might still sell vinyl records in some stores.
CD sales have shrunk within the past decade but were still worth £115m last year.
Other big supermarkets show no sign of following Sainsbury’s lead, with larger branches of Tesco, Asda, and Morrisons still stocking a variety of CDs and DVDs.
“Our customers increasingly go browsing for entertainment, so earlier this year we took the choice to gradually end the sale of DVDs and CDs, in order that we will dedicate extra space to food and popular products like clothing and homewares,” Sainsbury’s said.
The decision is another sign that the CD, once the dominant means of shopping for and selling recorded music, is gone its heyday.
With sales hit first by the MP3 music file, then by streaming services like Spotify and Deezer, the silver disc is now seen as unfashionable in many circles.
Worse still, the format that it had been designed to exterminate, the vinyl record, has enjoyed resurgence, with UK sales climbing to 4.8 million last year, bringing in revenue of quite £86m.
That was still well in need of the cash brought in by CDs. But consistent with British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the worth of record sales in 2021 is predicted to surpass that of CDs for the primary time since the late 1980s.
“The CD has proved exceptionally successful for nearly 40 years and remains a format of choice for several music fans who value sound quality, convenience, and collectability,” said a BPI spokesperson.
“Although demand has been following a long-term trend as consumers increasingly transition to streaming, resilient demand is probably going to continue for several years, enhanced by special editions and other collectible releases.
“If some retailers now see the format as less of a priority, this may create an extra opportunity for others, like independent shops and specialist chains like HMV, to cater to the continuing demand.”