Vinyl or bust
Photo by Stephen Gabris
While most of us may think of vinyl records as used items found in specialty shops or ebay, purchased by a small group of avid collectors, the back-to-vinyl revolution has gone much further than that. In 2016, according to Forbes, more than sixteen million units of new vinyl was sold, along with an equal number of reported sales of used vinyl. The used vinyl figure is likely under-reported, as it does not even include offline sales through small local vendors; market analysts estimate that the real 2016 figure was more like forty million. This puts vinyl on track to surpass the combined revenue of digital and satellite radio. It seems the combined visual and aural pleasures of records are too strong to be overcome by new technologies.
See Christopher Treacy’s article on page 62 in this month's Spree for great advice on how to start/reinstate a vinyl-based music system. And check out Sugar City’s Record Fair on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1239 Niagara Street. Follow Sugar City on Facebook for updates.