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For record collectors, vinyl's comeback is no surprise.

Take those old records off the shelf

by Patrick Roth
Jan 30, 2014

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Patrick Roth/MEDILL

Only vinyl records saw an increase in sales in 2013.

If there was any doubt as to whether or not the music industry is struggling, 2013 made it clear that the industry is hurting. Digital downloads were down. CD sales were down. But vinyl LP sales were up. Left for dead twenty years ago, vinyl sales are up 250 percent in the last decade. That might surprise some in the music industry, but record collectors have a pretty good idea what is driving the resurrection of vinyl.