Virtual Music Stores the Way of the Future?
Okay, so this technically isn’t music related, but it’s so cool, I am adapting it to a music post. Tesco is a giant European grocery store chain. What Tesco have done in South Korea is place a virtual supermarket on the subway station walls, reports Gizmodo. From there, you can use the QR codes of the items (sort of like a fancier bar code that your phone can read) to scan them. When you get home, your groceries will be there. No lugging around a granny cart of groceries, or having people with 12 items in the Express 10 Items of Less lineup. Check out the photos and the videos below.
How can this translate into music? Virtual music shops! Depending on the price of technology/advertising these virtual stores, you would save on rent, employees, and insurance (fires, anyone?). You could even embed audio samples and listening stations, all virtual of course, through your phone. Think iCloud, but for those who long for the days of physical albums, but don’t want to wander into large stores. You could also do this with DVDs, so as not to limit your audience. Or perhaps because it’s easier to buy music online than groceries (don’t tell grocerygateway.com), there would be a small market for it. Regardless, very cool stuff.