'I spent half my youth in there. It's a great place.'
Dave Leese, aged 25, of Hanley, a guitarist with rock band Sworn To Oath, said: "If it does go it's a terrible thing for the economy and the industry as a whole.
"Everyone is guilty of not buying as many CDs these days – or even paying for music in general – as everything is available digitally from the comfort of your own home."
Former DJ Lorraine Bird, aged 41 of Clayton, said: "I remember the first record I bought was Turning Japanese by The Vapours but I also purchased Cool In The Kaftan by BA Robertson.
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"One reason for HMV heading into administration is to do with the inability to compete with online stores such as Amazon and Play but I'm sure there'll be a lot more to it than that.
Musician Mike Sheldon, aged 26, of Werrington, who plays bass for indie band Ruby Dukes, said: "I've bought every album I've ever had from that shop. The first was Definitely Maybe by Oasis. I think HMV took far too much on with DVDs and accessories. I've always seen it as a shop for music and that's how it should have stayed."
Terry Bossons, aged 40, of Porthill, who is a presenter on 6 Towns Radio, said: "I have been a DJ since the late 80s and the weekly drive to HMV to check out the new releases was something I did up until the mid 2000s.
"There are so many great memories. Thankfully we still have shops like Music Mania and Rubber Soul Record for people like me who like physical copies of their favourite albums."
Shop owner Rob Barrs, aged 37, of Stoke, who runs Rubber Soul Records in the town, said: "I spent half of my youth in HMV looking for vinyl. It was great. It was a great shop and I have been really sad to hear what is happening.
"I think they have had to evolve as it's a shame now people don't go out and buy music. "I have been in business for 10 years, starting up at the market before opening a shop. I'm now looking to expand. I can offer things like early presses of albums."