Vinyl album sales soared in 2012

  • Article by: MORGAN MERCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 4:11 PM

Turns out it’s still hip to plunk down a needle and listen to new music the old-fashioned way. For five consecutive years, vinyl-loving listeners have ratcheted up sales to keep this small but dedicated market alive and thriving.

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richieJan. 28, 13 4:23 PM

Yes indeed I still throw a record on my old stereo once and a while

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farmpartsJan. 28, 13 5:09 PM

People brought up on CD's and transistor amplifiers have no idea what music truly sounds like with records and a tube type amplfier. Oh yes and throw away those pint sized speakers, they have never sounded good, it was only the limitations of digital music that even made them bearable. They really don't pass muster when you throw good sound at them. For those that don't know, all digitial music is an approximation of the actual sound. It is not true reproduction. Yes it is convenient but it is just noise not music.

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member11Jan. 28, 13 5:11 PM

They sound so much better than CDs, too bad they jacked the prices through the roof.

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gojohnnygoJan. 28, 13 7:17 PM

There are 30 places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities, not counting Antique & Thrift Stores. Support 'em!

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tink0077Jan. 28, 13 7:19 PM

My vinyl collection is so hip it rides to bike to work with an "old timey" moustache...and it doesn't even own a tv.

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StarquestJan. 28, 13 8:31 PM

Vinyl does NOT sound better than CDs. That's a myth rooted in nostalgia. However, vinyl is a heck of a lot more fun than CDs. I bought two new albums on vinyl last year. I haven't bought a new CD in probably four years.

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robotczarJan. 28, 13 9:26 PM

Vinyl is much inferior to CDs in every measure of audio fidelity (except maybe high frequency extension). Some people like the extra effects that result especially from the kludged way LPs achieve two-channel stereo. You can easily confirm that CDs are able to sound like LPs by simply recording an LP to CD and then playing them back and noticing that the CD now sounds all "warm" and "musical" with added depth, etc. In other words, it now has all the inaccuracy o the primitive LP.

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farmpartsJan. 29, 13 8:06 AM

Starquest and robotczar: The differences in digital music recordings and vinyl recrodings is not something for discussion, it is fact. They are different and the differences are the differences between a flight of stairs and a childrens slide. Vinyl reproduces sound in a clean sliding manner which simply cannot be duplicated digitally. It is approximated by creating a stair stepped wave. That stepped wave cannot be the same as the original sound. It is quite possible that your ears cannot hear it anymore but many people can quite clearly hear the differences, and the richness and depth it provides.

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youdontwannaknowJan. 29, 13 8:24 AM

Whatever you say there's something about playing a vinyl. Maybe its the visual (record spinning) or maybe is the interaction/involvement (remove the record from the cover, place it on the turntable, put the needle on the track you want,...). Maybe its the experience of witnessing a mechanical activity actually produce sound... And all of a sudden all those cracks and pops not just dont bother but actually enhance the experience...

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StarquestJan. 29, 13 9:32 AM

I disagree. I grew up with vinyl in the 80s and didn't get a CD player until 1992. I started buying albums on CD that I previously owned on vinyl. Case in point: Steely Dan's Gaucho. Listen to the drums on "Babylon Sisters." There are things going on that I would have never noticed on the vinyl version. The CD offers the most faithful reproduction of what happened in the studio. As for clicks and pops, well, those really aren't part of the music and certainly don't enhance anything. Now, like I said, vinyl is definitely more fun; the physical effort required to play a record is rewarding in itself. But don't tell me it sounds better than a digital recording. Even the early CD players had pretty good D/A converters.

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