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The crush when we opened doors at the #Rappcats @groovemerchantsf pop up record shop. Spot @rocmarci copping rare French libraries, @alanthechemist pulling Blaxploitation obscurities and dozens of others discovering something new in this stellar collection Chris Veltri spent the last year assembling….
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As CDs tumble into obscurity, vinyl continues to reclaim physical market share.
A new report from The Recording Industry Association of America paints a hopeful picture for the future of wax. According to their end of year revenue report for 2018, revenue from vinyl sales now comprise more than a third of total physical formats, hitting its highest share of physical sales since 1988 with a growth of 8% in 2018.
But while acetates climb back into the fold and show signs of surpassing its rival formats, physical sales at large are still taking a hit. According to the same report, CD revenue shrunk by 34%, dropping below $1 billion in sales revenue for the first time since 1986. And while the physical market continues to lose an unending fight against streams in a playlist and click economy, even digital download sales are being trampled in the streaming landscape. The RIAA claims that revenue from digital downloads fell another 25% in 2018, occupying just 11% of total music sales last year.
Streaming, of course, maintains a stronghold, contributing 75% of total revenue in 2018 across a range of formats, including premium and free subscription services, as well as streaming radio services.