Sony Back in Vinyl Business

by Frankie Norman July 1, 2017, 0:23
Sony Back in Vinyl Business

Sales of vinyl records in the US grew in 2016 for the 11 year in a row. Sony stopped its in-house vinyl production in 1989, relying on outsourcing to focus on CD production instead.

Sony Music will resume pressing vinyl records for the first time in nearly thirty years, when it opens a new plant in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture in March 2018.

The record label has not yet said which titles it will be pressing in vinyl, but big sellers in the format these days are a mixture of classic back-catalogue items and modern releases by new bands. Or are you enjoying spinning records for the first time after growing up in the digital realm?

Sony's decision to start making vinyl records is an effort to cash in on the growing interest in the media format. UK-based HMV also reopened its vinyl-focused store in Shibuya, Japan almost two years ago after this record resurgence.

Turntables as well as other accessories related to records are benefitting as well. They should start rolling off the production line by March next year.

It has not yet made a decision of which genres it will produce said the company spokesperson. But vinyl sales began to pick up about ten years ago, and double-digit growth in demand since then has resulted in a global manufacturing capacity shortfall. Demand has risen for years, driving up used record costs, and companies have responded by launching new record players packed with modern tech and newly pressed vinyl with more modern albums.

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