Tower Records 문 닫을 위기

자금난으로 인해 레코드 회사에 대금 지불 중단을 발표했고, 이어서 Universal, Warner, EMI가 음반 공급을 중단했다고 공식적으로 밝힌 상태네요.


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제가 아마존보다 애용하는 음반사이트인데, 근래 2년간 뻔질나게 세일을 해 온 데에는 다 이유가 있었군요. iPod를 위시한 디지털 음악으로의 소비 성향 변화 및 불법 다운로드가  오프라인 음반상점들의 경영난을 불러온 건 우리에게도 새삼스러운 얘기는 아니지만, Tower Records 같은 대형 온-오프라인 겸영회사까지 이럴 정도니 Amazon이 음반 부문 사업을 접는 날이 오지 않는다는 보장도 없겠군요.

음반회사에게도 소비자에게도 안 좋은 상황이겠지요.


기업이 변화하는 시장 상황에서 생존하기가 얼마나 어려운지 보여주는 생생한 예라고 해야겠지만, 그렇다고 레코드상들을 변화를 따라가지 못한 패배자들로 여길 수 만은 없게 만드는 그 뭐랄까 애정과 추억 같은 걸 우리 모두 갖고 있지 않습니까.


아래는 기사의 일부입니다. 저도 Megadeth의 리드싱어와 같은 심정이네요.

Tower Records의 지난 역사에 관한 내용이 흥미롭습니다.

창업자인 음악광 Solomon이 1960년에 창고에서 설립한 이후, 90년대 중반에는 Forbes지가 미국내 최고 부자 중 하나로 꼽을 정도로 성공했었네요.



Music fans bemoaned the potential loss of a retailer that catered to fanatical tastes.

"Led Zeppelin changed my life, AC/DC changed my guitar playing, and Black Sabbath changed my approach to songwriting — and I found all of them because of Tower Records," said Dave Mustain, lead singer of the veteran heavy-metal band Megadeth. "What could they possibly put in the place of that Sunset store? Another Starbucks?"

Others pointed out that Tower Records had averted crises before — most notably in 2004, when the retailer filed for bankruptcy protection but emerged less than a month later, after bondholders took control of 85% of the company's stock.

"Being on hold doesn't mean Tower is going to close up shop tomorrow, but it means they need a serious plan," said Geoff Mayfield, senior analyst at the music industry trade publication Billboard. "The industry isn't in a hurry to lose another retailer. There will be a lot of people who will want to support them in coming up with a plan."

Tower Records began in 1960, when a music enthusiast named Russ Solomon began selling records out of his father's Sacramento drugstore. In less than a decade, Tower Records expanded to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and soon thereafter across the nation and abroad.

Tower pioneered the mega-store concept, building multilevel stores with exhaustive inventories and passionate and knowledgeable staffs. Tower's late-night hours and in-store concerts drew crowds.

By the mid-1990s, Solomon was listed by Forbes magazine as one of America's richest men. Amid soaring profit, the company launched a major expansion financed by bonds worth $110 million.

But soon afterward, profit at Tower Records and other music-only retailers began to decline amid pressure from Internet piracy and chains such as Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Retail music sales decreased by 17% from 2000 to 2005, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

In 2003, Tower's parent company, MTS Inc., tried to sell the retailer after it defaulted on a $5.2-million payment, but there were no takers. Less than a year later, the Solomon family lost all but 15% of the company after it filed for bankruptcy protection.

This year the company installed in-store kiosks that would eventually allow customers to burn compilation CDs of current and out-of-stock songs. Last month the company launched a digital store where listeners could download individual tracks for 99 cents apiece. Industry analysts said the efforts were gaining traction.

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