HMV (+ Fopp xx)

Some developments in the 2 for 10 range:

Zero 7's best-of has been added!
Also, a whole stack of "Limited Edition" 3-disc versions of the Sony Essential range appear to have...um, appeared. They're in dark-tinted digipaks...CD1 and CD2 always have the same tracklisting as before, and then a bonus disc adds half a dozen more songs. Kind of pointless in a way...why only part fill the extra disc? But great value.

EG.
 
HMV.com has been rather rubbish in recent months - if I order three items in one transaction I expect them to be delivered on the same day, not one on a Tuesday and the rest on a Friday...
Daneeeboy said:
M&S are selling 'selected' brands, and I think they make sense. I mean, who wants M&S branded Cola? That stuff tastes like shit.

They used to sell some branded products years ago, anyone know when or why they stopped?
 
I've just ordered a couple of things from HMV.com, just as a tester for how they compare to play and amazon these days.

Half of the 17 CDs I bought from Play the other day have already arrived, all undamaged. Which isn't bad.

EG.
 
Eric Generic said:
I've just ordered a couple of things from HMV.com, just as a tester for how they compare to play and amazon these days.

Half of the 17 CDs I bought from Play the other day have already arrived, all undamaged. Which isn't bad.

EG.

HMV's real forte is new releases. I would now be very surprised if mine didn't arrive on the Saturday before the Monday, which is MY FAVOURITE THING IN THE WORLD. Sometimes they even arrive on the Friday. Plus they are the only place online to do things like signed editions, slipcases, bonus remix CDs etc.
 
Well, the Tracie CD arrived the same day as my second batch Play orders, and it was ordered 2 days earlier, so if that's an indication of their general speed, it's not bad at all.

EG.
 
HMV has taken on iTunes with the launch of a new music download service, hmvdigital.

HMV says it now has a world-class music download platform

The retailer will present a catalogue of over 10 million songs and a special promotion as it seeks to take trade away from its online rivals.

The introductory offer will see every single in the top 40 UK chart made available for 40p each.

The new service automatically synchronises downloads with iTunes or Windows Media Player libraries.

The move is HMV's biggest development in the digital world since it acquired a 50% stake in digital music specialists 7digital - which powers Spotify - last September.

Although it has offered music downloads before, the new service offers millions more tracks.

Melanie Armstrong, head of music at HMV, said: "Some people still tend to think of us as a traditional retailer, but the fact is we've completely transformed our business.

"The launch of hmvdigital means we now also have a world-class music download platform that creates a really engaging consumer experience and a genuine alternative to all the other digital music services currently out there."

I'm not quite sure how long the introductory offer is going to last, but I thought people might be interested.
 
This may be a silly question but do HMV sell Bjork albums? I wanted to buy Volta out of curiosity but my local HMV has not one Bjork CD. Anywhere.
 
I see no reason why not! All I can think is that she's not had an album for a year or two, and HMV's instore stock seems to have been stripped back to only recent/classic albums.

My little ordering CDs from hmv.com experiment is over, I think. I simply can't open the damn packaging, and when I do...they're damaged. Unless they're jewel case releases.

EG.
 
angelX said:
This may be a silly question but do HMV sell Bjork albums? I wanted to buy Volta out of curiosity but my local HMV has not one Bjork CD. Anywhere.

Yeah they do, but Bjork albums are always hideously expensive in-store anyway.
 
I've just bought the Mark Ronson 2-track Bang Bang Bang single for 40p off HMV Digital / 7 Digital. I've not heard the remix but it was basically free so not bad really.
 
angelX said:
Thanks, guys. I have looked all over and have not found one single CD of her. Hmm, I think I'll just buy online.

Yes. All of her albums are expensive in-store. Buying them online via Amazon marketplace is vastly cheaper!
 
The cheapest Bjork albums I got in-store were Debut for £4 and Vespertine for £5, the former because of Border's closing down and the latter because of HMV's 2 for £10.
 
SockMonkey said:
And Marks & Spencer are now selling branded groceries in their food halls (Heinz, Walkers, Coca-Cola etc) which is also ridiculous.

But, yeah, HMV - at least their profits increased.

This still makes me laugh, cos in the north east we've had branded for over 2 years now (feels like longer tho). It was up here the company trailed it originally. Some loved it, some hated it. Tho I have to say some of our branded prices are on par or cheaper than the main supermarkets. We (staff) don't get discount on those goods tho.

Back to HMV, I rarely buy from HMV in store these days, if I do buy from HMV its always online these days. They do have a very good delivery service I have to say.
 
I like that HMV are selling more books, they're always cheap.

My local one has started selling confectionery sweets. I just find that bizarre. They have a fridge and everything!
 
One of the small-sized branches near me now has hardly any music left at all. It's been given the "oh so cool T-shirts, Wii and Blu-Ray" makeover that is great if you're under 25.

EG.
 
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