Sony to Start Pressing Vinyls for First Time in Several Decades

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

In 2016 sales of vinyl records accounted for about 3.6% of total global music revenues.

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.

But despite the current popularity of digital music services like Spotify, old school records are enjoying a renaissance. According to stats physical music sales represented 73% of total record industry revenues in Japan past year.

Crediting a huge demand, a spokesperson says vinyl production will kick off at a factory near Tokyo by next March, reports CNNMoney. But while many of us have been content to wirelessly download our music, a surprising number of people are going to the store-or Amazon.com, let's be honest-and purchasing a vinyl record, sleeve and all.




Back in the 1970s and 80s, it was common practice for record labels to press their own vinyl records in a manufacturing plant. Turntables and other vinyl-related accessories are also benefiting as a result.

Sony has not confirmed which titles are in line to be pressed as part of its new production stream. The company hasn't yet decided what music will get the vinyl treatment.

Sony's biggest challenge is the lack of engineers experienced in making records. Some former engineers the company had are now holding advisory roles to help pass their expertise on to the younger ones, said the spokeswoman.

Official figures showed vinyl sales were worth £2.4 million in the United Kingdom, compared to the $2.1m amassed from digital downloads.

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