Vinyl records expected to outsell CDs in 2019 for the first time since 1980s

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 6:59 PM EDT
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Most people never thought they would use their old records again. But, according to a report by the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl records are expected to out-sell CDs in 2019.

The co-owner of a local record store, Roundabout Music Company, said this holds true. Many people from older and younger generations visit her store to buy old records.

“Older people, you know, they're like ‘man I used to listen to these when I was a teenager and I can't believe they are coming back.’ Young kids coming in, they're looking for Pink Floyd or the Beatles,” said Lacy Hale.

Roundabout Music Company opened its doors five years ago.

“I think at the time more of a resurgence was happening,” said Hale.

Hale said she thinks the nostalgic ritual of playing records is what attracts people to play them.

“There's that ritual of taking the record out of the sleeve and putting it on the turntable and you get to see the art,” said Hale.

Many agree that records simply sound better than digital music.

“There's a depth to it. There's also sometimes you get that flat surface noise the pops and cracks,” said Hale.

While vinyls are becoming more popular than CDs, reports say online streaming is still the most popular way people listen to music.