The closure of British retail chain HMV has virtually no impact here in the United States, but it does indicate that the bricks-and-mortar approach to actually selling things to people is dying, and it's dying quickly. Is this really the end for them or will a few stay open once they are "reorganized?"
Record stores used to be my favorite thing in the world. Now, I couldn't be bothered to find one of the few that still exist. HMV seems to be more like the Tower Records chain than anything. Who is lamenting the passing of Tower Records? Not me.