Whatever music you like, whether World, Rock or Hindi, it would be hard to enjoy it without something to listen with. From the seashell to the ear to the illegally downloaded MP3 today, the formats for music have changed.
Delhi is a city where many eras live beside each other. Can the same be said for music formats? We went to the heart of the city for a random check on the music trends; at the 55-year-old, music shop, Bercos Melody located in the Inner Circle, Connaught Place. Its owner Amit Advani spoke about things the young people’s choices.
Vinyl was the queen format of the post-independence years. Now the only people buying vinyl LPs would seem to be the DJs. Advani hadn’t sold vinyl for more than a decade now and didn’t know where it could be bought.
Was it the same for that 80’s music icon, cassette tapes? Far from it, according to the shop owner. Cassettes are about a quarter of his sales, and most of those are bought by young people.
Advani commented that even though cassettes are an outmoded format, "A lot of people still use them in their cars and that’s why they are lingering on."
The biggest seller with youths at Bercos Music is still the legal audio CDs. Competition from illegal MP3 CDs has had little effect. Perhaps, because of the CDs’ decreased price, "It’s hard to find a whole album on MP3 CDs and young people are still willing to pay extra for this," says Advani.
Flavour of the moment for the young seems to be downloading MP3s from the Internet onto their players. If the trend continues will all other music formats soon disappear from the city?
Advani was sceptical, "I think new formats like Blue-ray discs will be popular, and others after that." With a laugh he said, "Anyway, I hope Internet music doesn’t take over as I’ll be out of business."