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Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986
Rolling Stone ^ | September 6, 2019 | Elias Leight

Posted on 09/07/2019 9:08:03 AM PDT by fidelis

Sales of vinyl records have enjoyed constant growth in recent years. At the same time, CD sales are in a nosedive. Last year, the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) mid-year report suggested that CD sales were declining three times as fast as vinyl sales were growing. In February, the RIAA reported that vinyl sales accounted for more than a third of the revenue coming from physical releases.

This trend continues in RIAA’s 2019 mid-year report, which came out on Thursday. Vinyl records earned $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019, closing in on the $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) generated by CD sales. Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8% in the second half of 2018 and 12.9% in the first six months of 2019, while the revenue from CDs barely budged. If these trends hold, records will soon be generating more money than compact discs.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: entertainment; music; rockmusic
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Better hang on to those old stax of wax.
1 posted on 09/07/2019 9:08:03 AM PDT by fidelis
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To: fidelis
I still spin vinyl.
Digital is for people who cannot handle reality....
2 posted on 09/07/2019 9:10:35 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("I will now proceed to entangle the entire area".)
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To: Psalm 73

Never trust atoms - they make up everything.


3 posted on 09/07/2019 9:11:27 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A law means nothing if it isn’t followed.)
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To: fidelis

No one uses either. They go on Amazon or ITunes and down load them.


4 posted on 09/07/2019 9:13:50 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: fidelis

Now bring back a record player that we can stack records on. I hate having to change a record every 20 minutes.


5 posted on 09/07/2019 9:15:47 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Psalm 73

“Digital is for people who cannot handle reality.... “

Vinyl is for people that have never heard reality.

First the have to filter reality so reality doesn’t crash the master disk then the have to massage it back before going to the Amp.

Not to mention the mechanical parts all adding distortion and limiting bandwidth.


6 posted on 09/07/2019 9:17:27 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: Psalm 73

My ears are shot. Too much shooting and industrial noise. So digital sounds better to me. No hisses or pops.

My brother who rebuild old tube amps for a purer sound uses digital music also. He can tell the difference between tube amps and transistor amps but not between lp and digital music.


7 posted on 09/07/2019 9:18:34 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“Now bring back a record player that we can stack records on. I hate having to change a record every 20 minutes.”

I digitized all my brother’s records cleaning up the clicks.

Now he has all on a USB stick.


8 posted on 09/07/2019 9:19:25 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: Vaquero

“He can tell the difference between tube amps and transistor amps but not between lp and digital music.”

That is surprising!


9 posted on 09/07/2019 9:20:45 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: Vaquero

I wondered that too. How much do total CD and record sales compare to the record sales of decades ago, for example?

Aren’t more people listening online or downloading music, than listening to either a record or a compact disc?


10 posted on 09/07/2019 9:21:53 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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The biggest change in vinyl LPs recently is 180 gram vinyl.

https://blog.fluance.com/180-gram-vinyl/

Some of the LPs of some of the top soloists and groups are being re-pressed - remastered from original sources - in 180 gram vinyl. They get premium prices.


11 posted on 09/07/2019 9:23:04 AM PDT by Wuli (What)
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Vinyl needs to enjoy its short-lived ascendancy. As soon as those 8 tracks hit the market, vinyl will be on the ropes.


12 posted on 09/07/2019 9:25:33 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: fidelis

The place I used to go buy vinyl at used to have a great location where at the back they had a large collection of classical music records (many going for a couple of bucks or so). Some absolutely lovely finds with ones that were made in the 1950s or 60s that still sound great. I could still spend hours in a place like that (probably would drive a prospective girlfriend nuts, lol).


13 posted on 09/07/2019 9:25:36 AM PDT by OttawaFreeper ("The Gardens was founded by men-sportsmen-who fought for their country" Conn Smythe, 1966)
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To: PAR35

I’m waiting for Reel-to-Reel to come back.


14 posted on 09/07/2019 9:28:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Wuli

“The biggest change in vinyl LPs recently is 180 gram vinyl.”

That is not a big change. The biggest changes have been to the equipment used to produce the master.


15 posted on 09/07/2019 9:28:25 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I have a couple of hundred vinyl records (mostly from the 60s70s). I started buying CDs to replace these in the early 2000s. Then I found out I could just download the songs so from 2010 on I do just that. I don’t like any music made after 1979 or so. Though I like music from big band, rock and roll, blues, bluegrass, country, and classical.


16 posted on 09/07/2019 9:28:34 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: fidelis

CDs have no place today. Vinyl remains the preferred format for audiophiles. For the overwhelming majority of us who just want to listen to music, streaming services and digital downloading are vast improvements over the CD model.


17 posted on 09/07/2019 9:34:44 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: fidelis

One would hope. CDs as a flooring option doesn’t work so well.


18 posted on 09/07/2019 9:38:06 AM PDT by bgill
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Hey Rolling Stone, how many petroleum products are used, not only in the production of Vinyl and CDs, but in the raw materials? Vinyl = Plastics = petroleum (i.e. Big Oil Villain)


19 posted on 09/07/2019 9:38:32 AM PDT by KobraKai
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This isn’t a triumph for vinyl as much as a decline in CD sales to MP3s and other digital download media.

Still, I sold off my vinyl collection of 70s and 80s music before moving to Panama and made about $130 in the process. Then I sold about 98% of my CD collection and made around $250.


20 posted on 09/07/2019 9:39:25 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Trump is Making the Media Grate Again)
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