Return of the Vinyl

For the last three years traditional vinyl sales have been on the rise. In 2014 vinyl sales grew by 50% to hit more than a million, the highest number sold in one year alone since 1996, and have continued to grow ever since.  In fact, during the final week of November last year Vinyl albums sales made more money than digital album sales with each making £2.1m and £2.4m respectively.

 

Why is the Vinyl becoming So Popular Again?

Nostalgia-

With the rise in usage of online streaming services people may just feel as though they want to have a connection with their music again. Also many older bands are reforming and some new artists are keen to choose a retro or nostalgic feel for their image.

Quality-

The older generation of music listeners will fondly remember the warm and fuzzy sound of music playing from a record and many people today would think this is a technological flaw. However, sound engineer Andreas Lubich once described the sound as “harmonic distortion”.

In this video we hear a track from Pink Floyd’s album “Dark Side of the Moon”.  Listen carefully to see if you think you can spot a difference in the sound to playing a song on your phone.  (The sound kicks in at around 00.52 seconds)

 

 

How long has vinyl been around for?

The vinyl, originally titled the gramophone record, dates back to the late 1800s although it did not come into its own until the 1920s. Vinyl held the largest portion of the market share for decades until the compact disc (better known as the CD) began to become the most common medium for music consumption in the late 1980s.

 

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The three different sizes of a vinyl – 7″, 10″ and 12″  Credit: Wikimedia

 

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