For the first time since 1986, vinyl sales are expected to exceed CD sales.
Following the March news of a 3.8% rise in vinyl sales in 2018, a report by the Recording Industry Association of America, which analysed data for half of this calendar year, showed that vinyl sales accounted for generating 224.1 million dollars in revenue and 8.6 million units sold in the United States. In turn, the sale of CDs generated 247.9 million dollars in 18.6 million units sold. However, it is expected that by the end of the year, at the current pace, vinyl sales will exceed CD sales for the first time in 33 years, as the cost of the first is much higher than the second.
In the last decade there has been an increase in the popularity of vinyls. The more impure and imperfect sound, therefore closer to the original and the live one, coupled with a cultural movement of interest for the technological past, are the reasons given by experts for this change in consumption patterns. The appearance of discs purchased online will also have influenced these changes.
On the other hand, analysts point out that the interest in vinyl may be promoting an elitization in electronic music, alerting to a possible trend of reversal of the gradual democratization of this musical genre.