Just like how older storage mediums like the floppy disk have more or less gone the way of the dinosaur, you would assume that would be the case for music formats as well. However, it turns out that isn’t the case because according to the RIAA’s mid-2019 report, it looks like for the first time since 1986, vinyl records are poised to potentially outsell CDs.
The report claims that vinyls have managed to generate $224.1 million in revenue in the first half of 2019, versus CDs which generated $247.9 million. Sure, CD sales are still in the lead, but given that CD sales haven’t really moved that much, this trend has led some to believe that vinyls could potentially overtake them.
This is actually not the first time we’re hearing about the surge in popularity in the vinyl format. Previously, it was reported that vinyl sales are actually topping digital music sales in certain markets. So much so that this has actually prompted companies like Sony to start up manufacturing of vinyl records again and to also launch new turntable models to support the format.
There are some audiophiles who argue that the sound quality from vinyl sounds more authentic compared to CDs and digital music. This is all personal preference, of course, but it’s starting to look like more and more people are getting into it.