What is old, is new again. While sales of CD's continue to free-fall, vinyl LP's are enjoying a surge in sales. 500% since 2007. It seems not only musicians, but audio enthusiast were driving sales, but, vinyl-love now appears to be spreading.
In this iPod era, watching folks cut new LPs — that's Long Playing, MP3 peeps — is a bit like visiting a vibrant Model T factory.
The good news, you don't need a lot of money to get into(or back to) vinyl. The market for used LP's is hot, but the new record market is growing. The thing holding back new albums: production capacity.
...United Record Pressing in Nashville, a 64-year-old vinyl stamping plant whose fortunes have been revived due to vinyl's return. The plant's 18 presses now operates "24/6, and we're hoping to increase our capacity 30% this year to meet demand," says CEO Mark Michaels.
So what is driving this vinyl revival? Is it nostalgia? Or, is it people's desire to hear sonic fidelity?
Let's hear from you. Read this great article, then sound off. Are you getting back into vinyl, and do you have recommendations for people thinking about getting back in to those 45's and L.P.'s?