Vinyl sales have been surging for years. But now, the oldest format on the market is generating more revenues than all ad-supported on-demand streaming music services, combined. According to data released this week by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), vinyl sales reached $221.8 million on 9.2 million units at the half-point of this year in the US, a 52.1 percent year-over-year surge.
That’s more than all music royalties generated by YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, free Spotify, and all ad-supported, on-demand streaming music platforms combined during the same period.
Collectively, free music streaming earned $162.7 million during the first six months of this year, according to the same RIAA data set.
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The vinyl total also includes EPs, though singles (45s) separately sold $4.2 million on a volumes of roughly 400,000 units.