I've noticed that vinyl records are starting to become very popular again. I went to a bookstore the other day and there were stacks of new albums pressed on heavy vinyl, like the European record companies used to produce. I also visit a used record store from time to time, and the owner tells me that business is really starting to pick up for vinyl records.
I think part of the reason is nostalgia, because I grew up when vinyl records were the main format for commercial music, and I thought they sounded pretty good, even with the pops and crackles. When CDs first came out, I thought they were a worthy successor to vinyl. But now I prefer to hear some of my older albums played on a turntable, because the analog sound is so much warmer than the digital playback on CDs. CDs recreate precise notes, but they don't do a good job replaying subtle dynamics. A good modern turntable and a clean vinyl record sounds better to me than most CD players.