On 07/02/2014, Tom Fine wrote:
> Disclosure: I supplied Mike Fremer my list of vinyl pressing plants,
> which included a couple he didn't have. I agree with his analysis,
> completely. I don't think Soundscan captures what Acoustic Sounds and
> Music Direct sell. It may capture Amazon's vinyl sales. I'm also not
> sure Soundscan captures sales in those hearty few independent record
> stores out there. Based on what I know about vinyl sales of Mercury
> Living Presence products, the vast majority are sold in the US, Japan
> and Germany, with a few sales in the UK. I don't assume this is the
> case for all titles because musical tastes vary by country. But I
> think it's safe to say that the majority of newly-pressed vinyl
> records are sold in those three markets.
I think vinyl lovers in the UK are mostly hunters for old LPs. Their
hunting grounds are the charity shops.
There is a small market for eleborately packaged new vinyl issues of
contemporary music, sold as collectors' items. Sometimes these come with
a CD or download option for actually listening to the music, so the LP
can be kept in unplayed state.
There are also boutique sales of nicely packaged CDs. I think this
market is closer to that for fine art, installations, etc than to the
traditional mass record market of the old "big" companies.
> I especially agree with Mike's analysis about Crosley record-wreckers.
> These things aren't as lethal to a record as an old Garrard changer,
> but they aren't good for $30-60 platters. Also, I think all vinyl
> pressing plants should include an insert inside the record sleeves
> about proper care and cleaning. These are not commodity products like
> 1960s mainstream $3-5 records. These are investments, you could say
> they are art for the masses because of the artifact/ritual aspects
> combined with music enjoyment and listening. There should be some kind
> of alliance in the record-pressing business that comes up with working
> for such an insert and makes it standard. To be fair to the big record
> companies of yore, inner sleeves for years carried advice about proper
> handling, cleaning and advice to always use clean, sharp needles.
> I don't know this for a fact, but if you were to somehow amalgamate
> hi-rez downloads to make it apples-to-apples against full-album LP
> records, I think LPs are outselling hi-rez downloads at the current
> time. I do think it's a safe bet that they are outselling SACD/DVD-A
The limit on hi-res downloads is bandwidth. As this goes up, the big
files will get more popular.
Also as hard drives and solid state drives get bigger.
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