But it’s no secret that sales of vinyl albums are on the rise. US vinyl sales totaled 990,000 in 2007 according to Nielsen Soundscan. In 2012, over 4.5 million units sold. A 350% increase in 5 years. Daft Punk famously sold over 19,000 vinyl units in the first week of its most recent album, Random Access Memories, in May (at $35-$40 a pop, yikes!). All the while, professional use of vinyl by DJs has dried up to about nil and labels are largely increasing the cost of their records. Hell, the most revered turntable ever, Panasonic’sTechnics 1200, was discontinued three years ago due to “market realities.”
Viva la vinyl (as art).