CD prices may tumble, thanks to WalMart
Since WalMart alone sells 16% of all musical CDs, its demand is sure to shake the foundations of the music industry. With the boom in on-line music download sales led by Apple's iTunes, the notion of buying a physical piece of music with a predetermined list of songs seems archaic. Even if WalMart is successful in forcing the price of CDs down to a more competitive $9 or $10 per, the format has a bleak future.
This move will probably force some producers out of the CD business altogether. I envision a day, very soon, where those who don't have computer access can step into a kiosk at a WalMart and create a custom CD of downloaded songs of any artists they choose. The technology exists today, so why waste precious shelf space selling a dinosaur format? Rock on with consumer choice!