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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry's most popular and highest-grossing physical format. Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.

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...This ancient technology -- scuffed and dinged, the lathe looks like something from a World War II submarine -- is a key part of Joyful Noise's strategy to survive the very surge of vinyl popularity the label has helped fuel.

Left for dead with the advent of CDs in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry's most popular and highest-grossing physical format, with fans choosing it for collectibility, sound quality or simply the tactile experience of music in an age of digital ephemerality.

After growing steadily for more than a decade, LP sales exploded during the pandemic....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-21 10:12 AM | Reply

Vinyl is a case of the emperor's new clothes. With digital sample rates of 44 kHz and the upper threshold of human hearing being 20 kHz (never mind music gets no where that high of a frequency -- the highest note on a piano is 4.186 kHz) every sound can be faithfully reproduced digitally.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-10-21 08:27 PM | Reply

From how my peers describe it, part of the attraction to vinyl is that there is a process to putting on a record and it makes listening to an album a more intentional experience, vs playing something from Spotify to a Bluetooth speaker.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-21 08:42 PM | Reply

#3 - The formats you refer to are not the quality of CD recordings, either.

Vinyl is susceptible to scratches, pops from static discharge, etc. Digital formats, talking CD here, are not victim to these analog audio demons.

#4 | Posted by jakester at 2021-10-21 08:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#2 ... the upper threshold of human hearing being 20 kHz (never mind music gets no where that high of a frequency -- the highest note on a piano is 4.186 kHz) ...

Percussion instruments of a symphony orchestra go much higher than 4kHz in their fundamental frequencies, and over 20kHz in their overtones.

@#4 ... Digital formats, talking CD here, are not victim to these analog audio demons. ...

CDs have other demons. For example, I have CDs that mute occasionally while it is playing. When I bought the CD it played fine, now it occasionally mutes. I've checked it on multiple players, the problem is the CD.



#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-22 10:21 AM | Reply

We have on order the special edition [180G vinyl] of Prince's Purple Rain album which is to be released in Mid November.

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#6 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-10-22 03:40 PM | Reply

CDs and MP3s suck. A new vinyl pressing plant just opened in Philly.

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-10-23 03:10 AM | Reply

Personal, possibly user error with CDs. I've had Kanye West's Late Registration album stuck in my car's CD player for 3+ years. Fortunate to have AM/FM and Bluetooth lol

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-23 10:54 AM | Reply

#4 | POSTED BY JAKESTER AT 2021-10-21 08:55 PM | FLAG: NO-NOTHING DOPE

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-23 07:47 PM | Reply

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