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Is the younger generation bringing vinyl records back?

Updated on March 9, 2019

Actually, yes!

Vinyl collecting and vinyl sales are increasing at a rate that has been unmatched in the past decades. The younger generations are matching with older collectors to bring back this vintage style of music listening and collecting.

Why would the younger generation pick up vinyl collecting?

In recent years, there has been a popular trend among the younger generation to utilize older technology. This trend can be seen heavily when looking into the fashion trends and the use of a popular filter on videos that make them appear as if they were recorded on old VHS film.

Something New to an Old Format

One aspect of vinyl collecting that was introduced with the younger generation is the world of colored vinyl records. These records sound and function exactly the same as traditional vinyl records; however, they sport fun colors and patterns that offer new avenues to collectors. These allow collectors to justify purchasing multiple of the same album just to collect the different colors.

So where's the proof vinyl is making a comeback?

Vinyl records have been steadily increasing in sales in recent years. The increases have been steady and constant. With sales reaching almost seventeen million in 2018! That is a massive increase in sales when one looks at how vinyl sales barely scratched one million in 2006. Of course, not all of these sales can be attributed to the younger generation; however, many artists that are meant to appeal to this generation have been releasing their music on vinyl very aggressively. They have been releasing numerous colored variants as well as special limited edition signed copies.

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In conclusion:

Collecting vinyl records is an awesome hobby for any music lover. It's rare to see something that brings the older and newer generations together like vinyl records do. Vinyl sales have increased steadily over the past decade and show no sign of slowing down. Vinyl has made a comeback.

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      Larry Slawson 

      12 months ago from North Carolina

      My wife loves vinyl records. Says the sound is so much better, which I completely agree with.

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