Some stores that actually still stock albums are going under, while others are slashing space devoted to music. Retail numbers in general are imploding, with the music business serving as something of a leading indicator for how far they could fall. Unemployment numbers are getting higher every week. I could go on, but you get my point: Things aren’t necessarily looking awesome from every angle right now.
While I was reading the comments on one of the many doom-and-gloom articles to surface over the past few days, I saw one guy who actually said that he used to spend his money on “culture (theater, concerts, books, CDs)”–but that now he’s cut back entirely. “This,” I thought to myself, “could be its own thread on Idolator, since people who read the site do spend money on music-related things from time to time. (An anomaly!)” Anyway, feel free to use this thread to talk about how the economy–and even your perception of it, even if you’re still employed and stuff–has affected your music-consumption habits. If it has at all! I mean, we all need something to amuse ourselves these days, right?