Vinyl Record Sales Soar To New Peak

vinyl-records-kill-mp3sVinyl record sales are soaring.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, sales of vinyl albums in 2009 have already topped the 2-million mark.

This beats 2008’s, 1.9 million, which means that 2009 sales of vinyl LPs are on target to be the highest since at least 1991, when Soundscan began tracking music sales.

Digital music sales aren’t doing too bad, either.

Total purchased album downloads are on pace to top last year’s figure of 65 million.

This is a cool trend. In my book, the perfect music format is Vinyl + MP3; you buy your nice big sexy album and you get a download code along with it.

What do you think about the resurgence of LP sales?

Is this just a vinyl fetish – or do you think vinyl actually offers a better way to get your music fix?

via LATimes

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15 thoughts on “Vinyl Record Sales Soar To New Peak

  1. Nah, that's vinyl fetish. Nothing more… you know, "things were (obviously) better before"… I DO remember vinyl, OK ? A pain in the ass to clean, to listen to properly, to store, etc etc…

  2. Nah, that's vinyl fetish. Nothing more… you know, "things were (obviously) better before"… I DO remember vinyl, OK ? A pain in the ass to clean, to listen to properly, to store, etc etc…

  3. I agree. Mp3s and vinyl are a dynamite combo. You get portable, remixable, digital mp3s. Vinyl is a nice accompaniment because you get large artwork, a much higher quality recording, and you're supporting the artist. It feels good.

  4. I agree. Mp3s and vinyl are a dynamite combo. You get portable, remixable, digital mp3s. Vinyl is a nice accompaniment because you get large artwork, a much higher quality recording, and you're supporting the artist. It feels good.

  5. Bring back real music – on 78 rpm shellac discs. Not as good as wax cylinders, but you get two sides for your money.

    MP3 and vinyl? Two good ways of reproducing sound poorly. Digital radio, similarly.

  6. What sounds better? A real analog synth or a virtual?
    To me, vinyl is analog and just sounds better.
    MP3s are more convenient.
    Both have their places.

  7. I've heard great sounding CD's and I've heard terible sounding CD's. Ditto with MP3's. Other than physical noise (ie. scratches) vinyl always sounded good. I think it is primarily a function of the mastering process that makes some digital recordings better than others. When I see a label that says "Remastered" I automatically expect to get something inferior to the original. And when I see a warning that says "the high fidelity of the CD reveals limitations of the original" I always wonder how the original could sound so good while the CD sounds so bad. The studios don't want us to have excellent music and are doing everything they can to make sure we don't get it.

  8. I've heard great sounding CD's and I've heard terible sounding CD's. Ditto with MP3's. Other than physical noise (ie. scratches) vinyl always sounded good. I think it is primarily a function of the mastering process that makes some digital recordings better than others. When I see a label that says "Remastered" I automatically expect to get something inferior to the original. And when I see a warning that says "the high fidelity of the CD reveals limitations of the original" I always wonder how the original could sound so good while the CD sounds so bad. The studios don't want us to have excellent music and are doing everything they can to make sure we don't get it.

  9. When cd’s came out I totally disliked the format. I kept buying vinyl and advocating it, I never understood the reason for canceling out a media which has shown its reliability for decades. Vinyl is the only way to enjoy music. This rebirth of the format is not just a passing fad,I think that many younger people are waking up to the joys of vinyl. At a party vinyl brings a mass to a room that cd’s and now downloads cannot acheive,there is a atmosphere and a feel of satisfaction that comes with buying and listening to a vinyl record. I have some retarded friends that say “why should I pay for music” is this a sign of the tymes gimme,I want it now attitude? If so it is a sad state of affairs. This generation feels that music shouldn’t be paid for…..gee I guess everything should be free then. Yes vinyl lp’s are bulky and need tending to but hey its teaching this generation of convience to maintain and cherish rather than use and dispose in this way of life we’ve now embelished ourselves upon. The vinyl lp is gonna stay around I think I hope anyway. The wamth of it and when I say warmth it includes the whole process of buying and opening and listening to your new found gem. No other media form comes close nor will it. Now its only tyme that this generation wakes up to the sound and joys of 1/4″ reel to reel and vacum tube amplifiers…blownin some minds indeed. With this downloading its just like the 80’s with the walkman,but hey I don’t remember going to parties where a walkman was plugged into a stereo system so why should a ipod?. Ipods are the walkmans of now but vinyl is for the home its just the same as the days where you bought an LP and taped it for your walkman only now you buy a record and you get a download code,I think that’s great. I don’t download music I only buy vinyl I spend roughly 100 to 200 a week on it and have been for 20+ years.
    So with all said support vinyl its been supporting your rebellious angst in music generations for decades and decades.
    VINYL RULES!!!

  10. I personally enjoy kicking back a putting on a vinyl, though in todays portable world, love having mp3s(digital) at hand.

    CDs for me are usually a last resort in physical purchase.
    digital DJing definitely has it's perks, but there's nothing like the works of a vinyl DJ.

    also, carrying a bag of 20vinyls compared to a harddrive of 50x the music isn't a hard decision.
    at home Vinyl, elsewhere Digital.
    Vinyl+Digital=<3
    personal preference as always.

  11. I personally enjoy kicking back a putting on a vinyl, though in todays portable world, love having mp3s(digital) at hand.

    CDs for me are usually a last resort in physical purchase.
    digital DJing definitely has it's perks, but there's nothing like the works of a vinyl DJ.

    also, carrying a bag of 20vinyls compared to a harddrive of 50x the music isn't a hard decision.
    at home Vinyl, elsewhere Digital.
    Vinyl+Digital=<3
    personal preference as always.

  12. Bring back vinyl. At least people will actually buy an album and support the artists they say they love so much, instead of freeloading it and playing it back on sonically inferior players.

    But vinyl fetish it is not – vinyl which has been mastered specifically for the pressing on Vinyl has so much clarity and sounds good (played on a decent system of course). It only sounds ding on modern recordings, when only one master has been made for the cd/market, and to save costs – is transferred onto vinyl for "limited edition's sake"

    What is a fetish though – are these tossers who bid more money on analog synths etc on ebay than they are worth ,driving the price way up for us serious buyers, not that they can play anything properly, but because such and such poked on in 1982 and think they can do a rendition nof it in their bedroom. – but yet their shoes are falling apart, Yelling outrage on the economy, are just about affording the rent and living on tinned tomatoes for the ownership of a tempremental mass of electronics, that they can't afford to repair when it screws up. ____Now thats is a fetish that needs treatment.

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