Sales of vinyl LPs up 33%, saving independent music stores | Music |
This may sound like a fake article from The Onion, but it is actually 100% true. A story in Tone Deaf magazine confirmed a trend that has been going on under the radar in the music world: the resurgence of vinyl LP sales. Left for dead as CDs emerged in the mid-1980s, vinyl has roared back over the last half decade thanks to both old school audiophiles and college students seeking the "warmth" and complete sound that analog vinyl creates.  According to Tone Deaf, sales of vinyl albums, while still miniscule (an annual pace of around 6 million albums), were up 33% in the first half of 2013, and have become the lifesaver for independent music retailers, which notched sales increases of 44%.