Im September erst hatte die New York Times einen Artikel über die Rückkehr von Vinyl, damals schrieb ich bereits, dass digitale Musik langfristig für lau zu haben sein wird, wärend die Musik-Industrie Einnahmen aus Live-Auftritten und dem Absatz von aufwändigen Vinyl-Editionen generieren wird – und einer Kulturflatrate, wie auch immer die dann abgerechnet werden sollte. Jetzt bestätigen die Zahlen meine These: Der Absatz von Vinyl hat sich 2008 rund verdoppelt.
Audiophiles have long argued that vinyl records offer better sound quality than CDs or MP3s, but their stoic loyalty in the face of change was seen as little more than a nostalgic bias during the 25 years in which digital recordings came to dominate the music industry. In recent years, however, sales of LPs -- that's short for long-playing records, kids -- have more than doubled online and are regaining overall market share, thanks to new converts looking for more than they can find in an MP3 selling for 99 cents online.
In 2008, 1.88 million vinyl albums were purchased, more than in any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking LP sales in 1991. The previous record was in 2000, when 1.5 million LP albums were sold. More than two out of every three vinyl albums bought in 2008 were purchased at an independent music store, according to SoundScan.
Vinyl record sales rose 14% between 2006 and 2007, from 858,000 to 990,000. In contrast, CD sales plummeted over the past three years, from 553.4 million in 2006 to 360.6 million in 2008. MP3 sales grew from 32.6 million to 65.8 million during the same time period, according to SoundScan.