Vinylverkäufe legen zu

Das liest sich wie aus einer anderen Zeit, aber es ist wahr: Der Absatz von Vinyl hat sich im letzen Jahr fast verdoppelt. Bei näherem Hinsehen macht es jedoch Sinn. Die digitale Musik gibt es ohne viel Aufwand umsonst, Umsätze machen damit nur Wenige. Plattenfirmen suchen Alternativeinnahmen durch Konzerte und exklusive Vinylauflagen. Und wer die unbedingt will, greft auch gerne tiefer in die Tasche. Was in der Statistik noch gar nicht auftaucht: Gebrauchte Platten sind relativ günstig zu bekommen, auf dem Flohmarkt bekomme ich das Stück für 1-2 Euro, bei iTunes kostet ein Song 99 Cent. Warum also nicht für die alten Nummern, die man sowieso nicht oft hört, mal den Plattenspieler andrehen? Apple möchte, dass wir unsere ganze Musik mit uns herumtragen. Warum eigentlich?

Audiophiles have long argued that vinyl records offer better sound quality than CDs or MP3s, but their stoic loyalty in the face of change was seen as little more than a nostalgic bias during the 25 years in which digital recordings came to dominate the music industry. In recent years, however, sales of LPs — that’s short for long-playing records, kids — have more than doubled online and are regaining overall market share, thanks to new converts looking for more than they can find in an MP3 selling for 99 cents online.

In 2008, 1.88 million vinyl albums were purchased, more than in any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking LP sales in 1991. The previous record was in 2000, when 1.5 million LP albums were sold. More than two out of every three vinyl albums bought in 2008 were purchased at an independent music store, according to SoundScan.

Vinyl record sales rose 14% between 2006 and 2007, from 858,000 to 990,000. In contrast, CD sales plummeted over the past three years, from 553.4 million in 2006 to 360.6 million in 2008. MP3 sales grew from 32.6 million to 65.8 million during the same time period, according to SoundScan.

Back to the future: Vinyl record sales double in ‘08, CDs down

(via Nerdcore)