By Cathy Devlin
There has been a resurgence in vinyl record sales over CD’s over the past six years according to a local record shop owner.
Ben Allen from Abbazappa said “The vinyl resurgence has been going since around 2013. My experience of it is I opened the shop in 2013 and noticed it was young people buying the records.”
According to a report by the recording Industry Association of America vinyl records earned $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019, compared to $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) generated by CD sales.
This trend of owning physical music rather than just on a digital platform has become popular and is causing a decline of sales in CDs in recent years. When someone stream music online they don’t own it, rather that they pay to listen to it on a subscription basis. With vinyl it is physical and they can hold it.
It is also the aesthetic that draws young people towards vinyl as well for the warmer and retro sound of the music they love.
“They are more popular because they are buying the music at its best quality and you are also getting artwork and the sleeve notes. The visual part of it is very important,” said Ben.
Vinyl’s have been around for quite some time outlasting trends and fads of the decades. It started in 1857 when French scientist Leon Scot developed the phonoautograph. This was a method using a vibrating diaphragm to record sound waves onto paper.
The Abbazappa vintage record shop, is located at the YellowYard in Derry on Palace Street.