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Back To The Future: Vinyl Sales Overtake Downloads

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Multimedia, Quick Tips

Everything old is new again. Vinyl records have been making a huge comeback with younger people. How big?  Vinyl album sales in the U.K. have overtaken digital download revenue for the first time since digital downloads began. Around 3 million dollars worth of vinyl albums were sold last week, compared to 2.6 million in digital downloads.


Albums are expensive compared to digital downloads. These days vinyl is perceived as something of a luxury item. Collectible editions of albums can cost over $100.

That doesn’t mean that digital songs are falling out of favor. Increasingly, younger users are switching to streaming services instead of purchasing the downloads individually. Still, it’s an impressive comeback for a medium that was declared dead with the advent of the CDs back in in the 1980s.

~ Cynthia


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One Response to “Back To The Future: Vinyl Sales Overtake Downloads”

  1. Clive Copland says:

    There is no way the sound quality of vinyl LP’s is better than CD’s.Downloaded music is inferior quality as it has to be compressed in to the MP3 format. The appeal of LP’s stands in the artwork and experience of reading and handling the product. Ask any good sound engineer, the introduction of CD’s was the greatest advance in quality music listening during the last 40 years.

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