Still Gaining: Vinyl Sales Up 16.3 Percent In 2012

iTunes albums are gaining. CDs are plunging. And vinyl sales are… still surging?

Yes.  According to year-to-date Nielsen Soundscan stats published by Billboard, vinyl LPs are up another 16.3 percent this year, with 3.2 milllion units sold.  And, on the way to another record-setting annual performance.

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9 Responses

  1. TrillTrax

    Thats interesting. People don’t want CDs as there packeged but prefer the vinly. Maybe its because the sound of course, but because you can’t listen to a record in the car or on an iPod. You have to engage the device and listen. Wait until a record is fully finished.

  2. Karm

    If everyone else is like me it’s the only format I want besides an Mp3. I’ve got a turntable but I don’t even really listen to the new vinyl I purchase, it’s just a way to contribute to the musicians.
    Every musician should have a donate button on their website. I’d kick musicians 5 or 10 bucks for an album I downloaded for free and I suspect there are a lot others out there that would do the same.

  3. Steve Ehhhch

    Your Welcome. I started collecting Vinyl’s in April, and when I look at my collection now, not even 6 months later, I dont even want to calculate how much $$$$ I have spent on Records. Before I would just download them. But I love it. Nothing beats sitting down listen to that new record on Vinyl while checking out the artwork on the Sleeve or reading the Lyric sheets included in the packaging.
    Plus every Vinyl comes with either a CD or a .MP3 download code, you can’t beat it. I have no problems shelling out 15-20 bucks for Good music.
    I cant imagine buying a CD ever again, unless there was a CD Only Deluxe edition that came with tracks that are not included on the Vinyl.

  4. Vinyl Guy

    I usually buy the vinyl and then download the album. If you’re going to spend $10 – $12 to download the album you might as well spend another $5 to have a collector’s item

  5. Mark

    Impressive. Presumably these stats are based solely on new scanned LP sales, so they do not even consider the booming secondhand market at shops, markets, and online (especially ebay). Here in the East Village in NYC, almost all the CD shops are gone, but I have 5 vinyl record stores within 2 blocks of my home (not to mention the guy who sells vinyl from crates outdoors on Astor Place).
    – Mark

  6. jdl

    not to mention the soundscan numbers don’t typically take into account artists selling vinyl at shows nor many independent record stores.

  7. z3r0surf

    I think we are entering a new era where vinyl and cd’s are becomine a collectors item. The only thing that hurts CD’s is that after a certain amount of time the CD may go bad. Vinyl is for ever, if you properly take care of it. In the future our music will be on a server in the house, or from a social network with digital video and or art work of the artist and maybe not even that. The CD is just another form of promotion for the artist.