THE closure of HMV is a sign of the times. For many, the sight of Nipper the dog and the gramophone was an integral part of amassing their record collection.

Pop fans would rush to the store for the latest releases on vinyl, then tape, then CD.

Now, of course, people don’t need to leave the house to get all the latest music in digital format directly onto their music playing devices.

The music world continues to be divided over music streaming services’ contribution to artists, with Oxford’s own Radiohead one of those against sites such as Spotify.

But regardless of whether the digital age has helped or hindered new music, it has had a huge impact on traditional record stores.

And so His Master’s Voice will sound no more in Oxford unless they can find new premises.

The move also raises questions on what will now occupy the soon-to-be-vacant store in Cornmarket Street.

It is a large space and it cannot be allowed to be empty for long.

The city centre needs to maintain its appeal and have a wide range of shops and services.

Empty shops do little to breed confidence in the high street and make streets and shopping centres look unappealing.

One hopes a company can breathe new life into the unit and create a host of new memories for the city’s shoppers.