Vinyl is experiencing a surprising resurgence in the United States, with sales of the music format almost doubling within the last twelve months. The obsession with digital music has apparently led to a retro backfire, with growing numbers of consumers clamoring for more “tangible products”.
A recent feature in entertainment industry magazine Variety uncovered startling figures about music fans jumping back into wax. Figures by Nielsen SoundScan support the trend, reporting that 1.4 million vinyl LPs were sold in the U.S. in 2008; nearly twice the 2007 figure of 782,000.
These facts are a thorn in the side of the major labels that stopped producing vinyl years ago, but a boon for independent labels. As Variety reports, “Opportunities exist for companies willing to take on titles in which the majors are not interested.”
Too bad for trance aficionado Tiesto, who finds using vinyl a nightmare.