Several media outlets reported today that music retailer HMV is planning on cutting their prices. This certainly is news, since HMV has been gouging consumers for years. At the risk of sounding like a very old geezer from Toronto, I have to say that I still miss Sam the Record Man’s flagship store on Yonge Street. Sam Sniderman just knew what customers were looking for. Sadly, I haven’t had a proper music shopping experience since Sam’s closed its doors in 2007 and it was HMV’s store opening that partly contributed to Sam’s demise. As a young cheapo, I remember the excitement of the Sam the Record Man Boxing Day sale. But in this digital age, would today’s teenagers stand outside in the cold waiting in line to buy music? How many people even bother to buy full CD’s, opting to download songs instead? I personally use iTunes all the time for instant gratification. I may be cheap, but I still pay for my music and I like having a physical copy of a CD. My latest purchase? Gavin DeGraw’s “Sweeter”, which ironically, was bought at HMV.