Vinyl records outsell CDs for the first time since 1986

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(WEHT)- A recent projection from the Recording Industry Association of America shows that vinyl records are on pace to outsell CDs for the first time since 1986.

Tri-State area vinyl collector, Rick Thomasson says the vinyl resurgence comes from many things, including nostalgia.

“The nostalgia of it is probably a lot of the millennials who are seeing it now probably saw it at their grandparents,” Thomasson said. Thomasson says he started collecting vinyl in the 1970s, beginning with Boston’s debut album. Today, Thomasson owns over 1200 records.

Ashley Whittington, co-owner of Atmosphere Collectibles in Evansville, says some people prefer the richness of audio that vinyl provides, in addition to being able to own a physical piece of music.

Whittington also mentioned that the renewed interest in vinyl isn’t exclusive to one age group. “We’ve got older people who sold their records when CDs came out and they’re now getting rid of their CDs and going back to vinyl again,” Whittington said, “we’ve got young kids like 8th grade age.”

Whatever the reason for its resurgence, it’s clear vinyl is back across the country and across the Tri-State.

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(This story was originally published on January 10, 2020)

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