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The Pandemic Caused An Explosion In Vinyl Demand – Here’s Why The Music Industry Can’t Meet It

A Parisian browses through vinyl albums in Lucky Records Store on the first day of the new lockdown on March 20, 2021 in Paris, France. Record Stores, like book shops, have been classed as 'essential stores', allowed to open under the latest lockdown restrictions. On Thursday French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced a new four week lockdown for the French Capital and 15 other regions to try and stem the recent increase in Covid 19 cases.
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The music industry is feeling the crunch of the growing demand for vinyl records since the pandemic.

According to experts of physical formats, the pressing plants usually produce about 160 million vinyl albums a year, the current demand is double that, somewhere between 320 to 400 million units.  If manufacturers were able to keep up with the current demand, sales of vinyl albums would surpass the peak of 334 million set in 1978.

The spike in demand came in July 2020 as many were locked down at home and spent their disposable income on turntables and vinyl albums in lieu of concert tickets.

Are you a vinyl record collector? How many vinyl albums do you have? Do you think vinyl albums have better sound than streaming?

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