Vinyl records are making a comeback. People thought they would disappear when music CDs came out 30 years ago. People then thought MP3s would kill off vinyl. However, many younger people are becoming interested in the seven-inch and 12-inch discs. In 2022, vinyl record sales were greater than CD sales for the first time since 1987. In 2022, over 41 million vinyl records were sold in the US, compared to 33 million CDs. Records are continuing to increase in popularity. The year 2022 was the 16th year of sales growth in a row. Records now make up 71% of non-digital music.
The Recording Industry Association of America said there has been a "remarkable" rise in record sales. It said: "Vinyl is cementing its role in the modern music marketplace." It added: "Music lovers can't get enough of the high-quality sound and real connection to artists that vinyl delivers.…Record labels have met that demand with…beautifully crafted discs." Many people say the covid pandemic has helped records make a comeback. A record company said many people worked at home in the pandemic. It said: "They invested in turntables and hi-fi.…I think that's continuing today."