Have you noticed that your vinyl collection has been gathering a lot of dust lately? Or, perhaps you have yet to break out that record that you bought last year?
A new study out from the ICM claims that 41% of people who buy vinyl don’t even use their turntable, and 7% of vinyl buyers don’t even have a turntable! Although the album artwork on many vinyl records are beautiful works in themselves, which definitely makes for some great wall art, sometimes you need to sit back and listen to the music.
With the rise of music sales over the last few years, a pleasant surprise for the music industry, it could mean the thousands of purchased records could go silent. In 2014, 2.1 million records were sold. This means that anywhere from 147,000 to 861,000 of the records sold are potentially gathering dust outside of the record shops.
The BBC had to go to the buyers to find out what was going on. Jordan Katende, a student in Manchester, was quoted as saying, “I have vinyls in my room but it’s more for decor. I don’t actually play them…. It gives me the old-school vibe. That’s what vinyl’s all about.” The hardcore vinyl-junkie just shed a tear somewhere.
On a beautiful Spring day like today, here’s hoping you are outside spinning some great records! Vinyl needs attention too…