Vinyl Records Outsell CDs for the Second Year in a Row

Vinyl Records Outsell CDs for the Second Year in a Row


For the second year in a row, vinyl records have outsold CDs, solidifying their resurgence and popularity among music enthusiasts seeking physical media after tiring of the maze of streaming options.

The Verge reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released its annual report, revealing that vinyl records have outsold CDs for the second consecutive year. In 2023, 43 million vinyl records were purchased, surpassing the 37 million CDs sold during the same period. This marks a significant milestone, as it is only the second time since 1987 that vinyl has outperformed CDs in terms of unit sales.

Daniel Ek, CEO of Swedish music streaming service Spotify, gestures as he makes a speech at a press conference in Tokyo on September 29, 2016.

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