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Greetings fellow music consumers and welcome to the buymusic.ca blog.

Here you will find various information relating to the purchase of music online and by mail, as well as sheet music, music instruments and memorabilia.

I will also be posting various commentaries and reviews in regards to these services and various related issues.

To begin either click on an option in the menu to your left, which features various source listings, or scroll down for my blog entries.

Enjoy.

Au Revoir MusiquePlus

Quebecois music video broadcaster MusiquePlus will go off air in August.

This is one the channels I use to watch alternatively with Much Music in the 80’s and 90’s, which introduced me to francophone rock and pop from Quebec/Canada, France and Belgium, through music videos and live performances.

Unfortunately, like most music channels they started diversifying their content in the late 90’s, slowly leaving music videos behind and i’ve stopped watching it because it had been flooded with “reality” programs.

When Youtube came along in 2005, this was the beginning of the end for these stations, the coup de grace being Vevo, which came online in December 2009.

I will miss it, especially Claude Rajote’s “Le Cimetière des CD”, one of the channel’s longest running music critique program.

Canadian Buys HMV

The Guardian reports that Doug Putman of Sunrise Records is the new owner of HMV and that 100 of the 127 stores will remain open in the United Kingdom, saving 1500 jobs.

Sunrise Records, a record store chain that was founded in Toronto in 1977, had taken over several HMV stores in Canada shortly after HMV Canada had closed their stores by April 30th, 2017.

Ultraviolet Closing

The UltraViolet digital locker service will be going offline on July 31st, 2019. And Canadians may encounter issues when attempting to download their library off this service.

I’ve personally tried to access my library via the Sony Picture Store and Flixster but was only able to access and view a few of my films. But the Official UltraViolet site states that “movies and TV shows will remain accessible at previously-linked retailers” after the cutoff date, “in the majority of cases“.

Yes, those last few words do make me nervous.

I’d seriously hate loosing access to my films, four of which I consider to be my very favourites. But I guess all we can do is wait as they work things out.

I will of course keep an eye on the issue and post updates, if need be.


Riddle

Who wears sunglasses at night and is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year?

Starting on May 31st, Corey Hart is will be touring Canada with Glass Tiger to promote their latest albums.

Netflix Alternatives Soon

Although this site is primarily dedicated to music, I also like film, which is why i’d like to discuss what will happen soon to Netflix in 2019.

Unfortunately Disney will be opening its own streaming service soon and fans of the Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films have been warned that those films will disappear from Netflix, along with the Disney films. And there are rumours that Hulu might also head up north because it had been purchased by Disney last November.

It also appears WarnerMedia might consider pulling their Criterion Collection catalog and other films from Netflix for their Criterion Channel service, so Netflix’s catalog may be getting quite thin in 2019.

Furthermore agreements have been made to bring add-on subscriptions to Amazon Prime members, primarily to HBO, Showtime or Starz. And the DC Universe streaming service expansion into Canada may also strip Netflix of a few more films and television programs.

I’m personally going to stick with Netflix for a while because i’ve already got most of my Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films on blu-ray thanks to Amazon and the Disney Movie Club. But might consider the Disney Plus streaming service if it offers access to the cartoons featured in the Walt Disney Treasures collection.

I had managed to purchase all of the Donald Duck cartoons via this collection when they were originally released but had also wanted to purchase the Goofy and Pluto collections for the few cartoons that were not included in the Chronological Donald Duck collections.

I had hoped these would be recompiled on blu-ray or would be made available for purchase online soon. But access to the whole Disney cartoon library via a streaming service would be tempting.

There are already quite a few on Youtube and I had expected Disney to eventually release their whole catalogue on an official Youtube channel or two, with adverts. And i’m hoping this will also be an option in the future.

I guess time will tell, although i’m in no rush and can wait until the dust settles. After all, I only have a few Marvel and Pixar films to buy and they will likely be discounted meanwhile.

I’d suggest waiting is the best course of action. We can always use free trial offers as they come along and they could offer deals as the market gets heated.

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A Sad Day In The U.k

The last remnants of HMV are in trouble in the United Kingdom according to Sky News, a year and a half after closing in Canada.

Founded in 1921 in London, this music store flourished and became Britain’s largest music retailer until running into financial issues in 2010 due to the shift towards digital music and film, which resulted in the closure of the World’s Largest Music Store on Oxford Street on January 14th, 2014 and Irish chain in August 2016.

Today the chain has entered administration for the second time since January 5th, 2011 and at risk are 130 stores and 2200 employees.