Why the Demise of Vinyl Is Greatly Exaggerated

That looks like a headline from about 1998, but it’s not.  It appeared in the Globe and Mail this week.

It’s psychological – there’s a sense of wonder when the needle is placed on the record.”When Greg Davis first opened the doors to his Soundscapes music shop in Toronto in 1999, he didn’t stock any vinyl. Some seven years ago, however, he added the analog, which now accounts for 15 per cent of his inventory. One thing he has noticed is that while CD buyers might purchase five or 10 albums per visit, vinyl buyers usually purchase one or two.

“They’re very selective,” Davis says, noting that records are generally more expensive. “They’re making a really specific choice. They see the purchase as a statement.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

One thought on “Why the Demise of Vinyl Is Greatly Exaggerated

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    ” “They’re making a really specific choice.” That is why I LOVE vinyl. Really picking a favourite and listening to it.


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