Sony to start spinning vinyl after 30-year hiatus

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday.

Official figures showed vinyl sales were worth £2.4 million in the United Kingdom, compared to the $2.1m amassed from digital downloads. UK-based HMV also reopened its vinyl-focused store in Shibuya, Japan almost two years ago after this record resurgence.

But the British Phonographic Industry said in April that those same crackles and scratches were driving today's music fans back to LPs.

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Nearly 200 million records a year were produced in Japan in the mid-1970s, according to the country's recording industry association.

Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.

Japanese consumer electronics firm Panasonic relaunched its popular Technics SL-1200 turntable several years ago as the vinyl market gathered pace.

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As the creator of the Walkman and a co-developer of the CD format, Sony helped to end the era of vinyl albums. The output will mostly comprise represses of vintage pop music and Japanese music to which Sony holds the rights, as well as current chart-toppers, the Nikkei newspaper reports.

Nielsen Music estimated more than 13 million vinyl records were sold in the U.S.in 2016, and AFP cited estimates from Deloitte consulting firm in reporting global vinyl revenue is expected to top $1 billion in 2017.

Past year the United Kingdom, vinyl records generated more revenue than advertising-backed tiers of streaming platforms. Or are you enjoying spinning records for the first time after growing up in the digital realm? People see it as an artefact'.

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