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RE: You don't have to know anything technical to know digital is not delivering

Thanks for your comment . I am impressed that you must have been reading the Critics forum intensley to respond to a month old posting from me.

What you say about the mid 1990s showing a vinyl sales increase isn't the case. Not because I have an opinion about it but because the facts say so. In fact vinyl sales declined year by year until 2007.

I will just take a couple of dipstick figures but the show what was going on. These are official IFPI numbers:

LPs 1996 compared to 1995 -33%
2000 compared to 1999 -13.3%
2005 comppared to 2004 -8.5%

However your second point that vinyl growth has now lasted for 10 years is accordingly true ( albeit from a very low base). Perhaps I should revise my opinion about a fad.

Nevertheless I would like to look at vinyl sales by age group but cannot find stats. There is a potential that the continuing growth may not be sustained long term. I have recently been seeing anecdotal evidence that what had originally been portrayed in the press as an interest in the medium by young people (causing my potential fad idea) is not the whole picture. It seems that a considerable part of the growth is old guys re-living their youth. A bit like retirees buying their first Harley Davison. Unfortunately those who form part of the latter group of vinyl buyers are inevitably a dying breed. I guess that I'm amongst them except that I never abandoned LPs.

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