People change jobs all the time, it’s part of how careers are made but as with all things it’s often a matter of timing. Stuart Rowe was the main reason that HMV took onboard how important digital music could be to the company’s business and also one of the reasons the company committed at least £10 million to the project to launch its own digital music service and the revamp of its web-based services.

But Stuart Rowe has left HMV.

The next few months will be crucial for all digital music services but for the lesser established services, Christmas and the likely arrival of Yahoo in January will be make or break. It’s not all about Rowe but having met the guy, he was HMV’s main man for digital: for example giving all the members of the HMV board iPods loading with music to show the potential. They saw it and backed him.

There’s a team he’s left behind but who HMV hires to replace him will be most interesting. Rowe is to become the MD of