Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vinyl outsells digital downloads for the first time

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Vinyl retail sales have outpaced digital music album downloads for the first time in history.

Last week, music retail saw one of the most significant milestones since the digital revolution as more money was spent on vinyl than music downloads, according to new figures. 

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said £2.4 million was spent on vinyl albums, with just £2.1 million being spent on digital album downloads. 

This marks a stark contrast from the same week last year, where £1.2 was spent on vinyl but a massive £4.4 million was spent on digital music.

Big retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury’s now stock vinyl, and events such as Record Store Day and Black Friday have contributed to the sharp rise in sales.

This is the eighth year in a row that vinyl sales have increased, with 2015 seeing 2.1 million sales.

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