Could Vinyl Sales Be Even Higher Than What’s Being Reported?

With all the talk about vinyl’s comeback, the reported numbers are still very, very small when compared to CD sales and legal digital downloads.  However, it’s quite possible that vinyl sales figures are being under-reported by a factor of 6.

Even so, that’s still a tiny number relative to the rest of record music sales, but at least it’s less tiny.  And 20 million copies vs. the reported 3.5(ish) million?  Not bad for a dead format, huh?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Could Vinyl Sales Be Even Higher Than What’s Being Reported?

  • October 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    And if you add in the large number of Bootleg and counterfeit pressings that are on vinyl these days, the real number is probably double.

  • October 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I purchase far more vinyl than any other format these days. Hi-Rez downloads next, followed by CD's.


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