Tue 30 Jul
Vinyl record sales have seen a 350% increase over the past five years, but that growth has apparently not been matched by actual use of the format. “…Professional use of vinyl by DJs has dried up to about nil,” the revered Panasonic Technics 1200 has been discontinued due to “market realities,” and turntable sales have remained largely flat. Apparently, vinyl consumers are buying records for the larger art, not to actually play the music. While this is a minor success story for large-format graphics, it also confirms my skepticism towards this much-hyped boomlet in vinyl sales. Die-hard vinyl fandom has always struck me as being more about an elitist consumer self image than about the music itself. Read the story at Quartz.