Aug 16, 2011

Vinyl Records are the fastest growing music format in 2011

You might think the scratch of needle to vinyl would be an unlikely survivor in the digital download age. But vinyl record sales are back in high rotation. In 2011 Vinyl Records sales increased to become the fastest growing music format in USA and Canada.
2.8 million Nielson vinyl records were sold in United States in 2011. That is the highest number since the group began racking record sales in 1991. These numbers by Nielsen represent only a fraction of vinyl industry sales as they are only one of the many independent retailers.

While Nielsen's 2011 statistics for Canada have yet to be released, it's safe to say the vinyl throw-back has made its way north as well. Two year ago, the same ratings found that Canadian vinyl record sales had broken the tow million mark for the first time since 1991. Independent music retailers, bands and record labels are all beneficiaries of the nice boom and they press vinyl along with the standard CD release.

Industry experts and retailers credit music fans for the increase in popularity of vinyl. Digital download limitations in recent months has led some customers toward searching out for higher sound quality, as well as the more authentic experience of physically putting on a record.


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