Vinyl sales on track to make historic sales numbers, experts say
SARASOTA -What was once old is new again and making history.
According to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl record sales are on track to surpass CD sales for the first time since the 80’s.
Sarasota Music Archives manager Dave Berry says the trend for vinyl has been happening over the last 15 years slowly.
“Vinyl has taken up the slack over cds, in the last three or four years you can see the trend line going back up," says Berry.
He attributes several factors to the boomerang effect on the popular of vinyl.
“Well, vinyl has an appeal because first of all the covers are very artistic. It’s something you can have in your house and your collection and look out," says Berry.
The appeal translates to big bucks. According to RIAA’s report, for the first half of 2019 record sales jumped nearly 13%, netting 224.1 million.
RocketStar Records owner Peter Anthony Ramirez notes the demographic of vinyl aficionados visiting his shop is diverse. Ramirez believes record enthusiasts are searching for more than music.
“All the records you see in the store, all of them, all 15,000 records that I got in my store, not including what I have in stock, all have a story. In essence you’re renewing that history that was once lost for so long,"says Ramirez.
For Ramirez, vinyl signifies a multi-layer true work of art. Whether you appreciate the pops and crackling, or the thrill of the hunt, it looks like records are here to stay.