Break out your crimpers and Transformers collection, records have outsold CDs in the US for the first time since the 1980s.
Despite physical media sales dropping by 23 percent in the first half of 2020, compared to the previous year, vinyl continues to buck the trend with a rise in sales of 2.3 percent. That may not sound like much but, compared to the drop in CDs by 43.2 percent, and in the face of the pandemic, that's a positive bonanza for the groovy plastic disc.
According to RIAA, total music sales (digital and physical) still managed a climb of 7 percent overall in the face of the closure of music retail outlets, music venues and the cancellation of festivals and other music-based gatherings all over the world. That's a slight slow down compared to 2019's 9 percent growth but certainly nothing dramatic.
As for the humble LP/EP, sales so far in 2020 total an impressive 8.8 million records in the US at a value of $232.1m. To do CDs their dues, there were more units shipped (10.2 million) but sales were only $129.9m. Let's see how long before that record falls.
The crazy mixed up thing is, the new LP's being released are just a vinyl version of the digital master, i.e. they had to go through a DAC!! Then you her people saying 'Oh, the vinyl sounds so much better'.
Errr, no it doesn't, more like you prefer the EQ curve of Vinyl better.
It does sound better next to any MP3 of course.
Also, alot of the engineers who worked in the vinyl production are gone now, the skills are not there and there are many absolutely awfully poor vinyl pressing out there now, yet masquerading as top quality, top price items.
At least in the 80's, it was a dying format and we could see reduction in product quality they were doing as; the vinyl was almost see-through they made them so thin!!
I defend CDs, they are a good quality sounding media.