CULTURE -- October 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM ET
Watch out MP3s, records are resurfacing
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Well, a sort of. Bloomberg Businessweek reports sales of vinyl are up 338 percent since a record sales low in 2006 based on data from Nielsen SoundScan. But at 2.9 million records sold in the U.S. so far in 2013, it's a comparative drop in the bucket. Here's how Businessweek describes it:
But here's the thing: Even in today's diminished music business, 2.9 million albums isn't very much. Vinyl sales make up only 1.4 percent of all albums sold so far this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which makes touting the "comeback" of vinyl a little bit like telling a double amputee that at least he won't have to spend money on winter gloves.
The types of albums sold in vinyl have caught up to music of today with releases this year from Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, and Queens of the Stone Age .