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Vinyl record sales continue to grow

Vinyl record sales continue to grow

(Columbus) - Vinyl records hit their peak in the 1970s, but they're making a comeback.

Vinyl sales grew 32 percent over last year from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan. At the same time CD sales dropped by about 14 percent.

"Not only did vinyl go up like 30 percent, downloads went down for the first time," said Kyle Siegrist who owns Lost Weekend Records in Columbus. "Now I'm not saying that vinyl is anywhere near taking over downloads yet, but it's the first time where as vinyl continued to rise, downloads actually took a dip down."

Siegrist says it may come as a shock to many that the biggest part of his business comes from young people.

"Most of my customers are still your late teens to mid-20s," he said. "It's like brand new to them."

He believes the reason CDs took over is because they were more convenient to take with you. Now digital downloads are even more convenient and that's killing off CDs, but there's just something about having a physical copy of an album that is still appealing.

"It's more magical. It's kind of sexier. It's the needle in the groove vibrating to make that sound. Whereas CDs you have a laser beam bouncing off plastic, which does sound magical and futuristic, but there's something even more magical about the needle in the groove," Siegrist said.

But the new vinyl isn't like the old vinyl. It's thicker and that makes it sound better. Those improvements also come at a price.

"New records can be $20, $25, even $30. It's a lot more expensive than it used to be," he said.

For fans of vinyl, there's nothing better than the experience they create for listening.

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