It may have been inevitable but the impending disappearance of the last major physical retailer of music and movies is still to be lamented.
The world has moved on an awfully long way since His Majesty's Voice marketed by the little dog listening to the gramophone player with its big amplifying horn excited our great-grandparents.
Before the company's arrival, just about the only way to get music at home was to play it yourself, if you had the ability. Maybe some readers still have a singsong around the piano but they will be in a very small minority.
The record was therefore a major development and in the ensuing 90 years, the world has changed beyond belief, insignificant part thanks to the efforts of HMV. 78s gave way to 45s and then LPs, which subsequently became albums and then vinyl collectors’ items.
Cassette and at almost the same time cartridges introduced portability until the ultimate, invisible MP3 altered music delivery forever.
In relatively recent years, there was the revelation of being able to choose what you watched on your increasingly large television screen.
The videotape was astonishing, and soon enough gave way to DVDs and now blu-rays (still so new that the voice recognition software creating this article does not recognise the term). Once again though downloads and streaming are changing that market.
Readers will get their pleasures in different ways. Some of us enjoyed wandering around a plethora of high street music stores such as Virgin, Tower and HMV discovering new releases whether to watch or listen to. Browsing online does not provide the same experience but in future, is the only choice that any of us will have.
One possible consequence is the demise of the CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Now that we cannot see them as we purchase, all the attractions of clear or blue plastic cases with pictures on the front will not matter any more?
This has not been a good few months for shoppers with the last major camera chain, Jessop's disappearing along with a good number of other retailers who did not make it through the winter.
Are accountants or bankers to blame? Probably not in these cases, where business models when it comes to selling physical goods while paying high rents and staffing costs have become increasingly unviable.
Had a government clampdown on VAT and other tax avoidance by some of the online retailers come sooner, it might have extended the life of HMV (and its small but valuable sister company, Fopp which will presumably also disappear again having gone into administration before HMV purchased it).
In reality any stay of execution would have been no more than that. A handful of big online retailers have got close to monopolising the market and in doing so, perhaps callously perhaps not, led to a fundamental change in the way that we are able to buy many different products. Illegal downloading cannot have helped either.
Many people may not care about the disappearance of a music chain (even with that rarity, unfailingly courteous and helpful staff) and might not even notice. However, this is still quite possibly the tip of a very large iceberg that is likely to see many other types of store disappearing.
How long will we be able to buy books in the shops? It is very noticeable that the number of chains is diminishing, perhaps more in the United States than over here, but the death knell may be ringing before too long. Other specialist retailers will also struggle to compete with their online competitors.
What does this mean for the future? Local high streets packed with fashion retailers, pound stores, coffee shops and estate agents, with the odd hairdresser, optician and dry cleaner all of which supply goods or services that cannot be bought very easily online.
Strangely, while the amount of choice that we have to purchase goods has never been greater with the ability to buy something currently sitting in New York, Melbourne or Beijing a reality, something is missing.
As markets become global, it becomes much harder to support British brands, which will be bad news for the economy. In addition, that great pleasure of wandering aimlessly around a store selling something that you might just want is unlikely to be something that the next generation will be able to remember, let alone experience.