Your Led Zeppelin-loving uncle has been harping on about the superior warmth and fidelity of his vinyl collection over Thanksgiving dinners since you were a kid, but it's time to face the facts: Sometimes old people are right. The resurgence of vinyl's popularity over the last 14 or so years is no joke. With sales of the waxy medium in 2021 reaching their highest level in 30 years (by mid-2021, U.S. vinyl sales topped $467-million, up 94% from 2020 ), even with pandemic-driven record store closures, vinyl is the preferred physical form of music in the U.S. and worldwide, easily outselling CDs. And while it may not be as convenient as firing up Spotify on your smartphone or asking Alexa to play Olivia Rodrigo on repeat, there's a tangible aesthetic beauty to listening to a vinyl record while getting lost in its cover art that digital streaming services can't compete with, and everyday music lovers and analog geeks alike have been flocking to it. If you've been drawn to the world of vinyl records yourself and don't know where to start, don't worry — building and properly maintaining a record collection isn't complicated, and it doesn't have to be expensive… Read full this story
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