2017 Vinyl, Cassette Sales Figures Surge In US

No comment from Goodwill and the Salvation Army on whether they still had any decks in their inventory…

By Blurt Staff

Nielson Music, which has been tracking music sales by format since 1991, reports that in 2017, vinyl sales had a respectable increase of 20% over the previous year. Cassette sales, however, are what raised eyebrows, jumping by a whopping 35% – that translates as 174,000 copies of an inferior music format, audio quality wise, sold to hipsters and their parents. That tally, though, comes with a caveat: It’s only 0.10 % of all album sales (LP, cassette, CD, downloads, streaming), and only 0.17 % of all physical albums.

Driving the increase? Guardians Of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and the Stranger Things soundtrack, both guaranteed millennial bait.

 

 

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