Vinyl sales spike in 2013; we were predicting this ten years ago
Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 7, 2014
There is a big piece in Slate today about CD vs. vinyl (tl;dr version: Wax sales were up in 2013 a kind-of-insane 32 percent over 2012, this still means only about 6 million total pieces but that is still interesting in light of the fact that sales of digital tracks and collections were, for the first time since the iTunes store launched in 2003, down according to Billboard).
One sentence jumped out at me: “(Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk predicted (the decline of the CD and the rise of vinyl) as long as six years ago.)”
Here is the Statesman’s story on the rise and rise of vinyl in the 21st century from (wait for it) 2003 (yes, I know according to the graph in the Slate piece vinyl dropped in ‘04 and ‘05 before rocking back in late ‘06 and ‘07). Here is our story on CD vs digital vs vinyl eight months before Wired’s.
And here is our story from 2006 about how digital compression was ruining music and could very well drive serious music fans back to vinyl.