Are Vinyl Records Still Available?

In an era of internet and digital music downloads, one wonders: are vinyl records still available? Do people even buy them anymore?

According to 2014 sales data, sales of vinyl albums hit a record high in 2014, with sales numbers reaching 9.2 million for the year. This is the most vinyl albums sold since sales monitoring began in 1991.

At just 6 percent, vinyl record sales are still a very small percentage of all album sales. What's surprising is that instead of vinyl sales falling, they have been on the rise. Vinyl record sales have risen more than 50% from 2013 to 2014. Meanwhile, consumers seem to be paying less for digital albums and songs and more for song streams as of 2014.

More about music mediums:

  • Vinyl records began to be produced in 1943. Before then, shellac discs were used which were too fragile and broke easily.
  • The cassette tape entered the music industry and became mainstream in 1964, costing less than vinyl records.
  • The first music CD was released in Japan in 1982. One million CD players were sold within three years of the CD's release in the music market.

Discussion Comments


At the record store!


Where can you buy vinyl records now?


Where do they sell record players? Silly question?


Vinyl records are more durable than tape,disk etc.They are thicker and last much longer. I still have vinyl records from back in the 40's and added to them over the years.

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