Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Sony to start pressing vinyl records again after nearly 30 years

Sony to start pressing vinyl records again after nearly 30 years

A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday.

The record label has not yet said which titles it will be pressing in vinyl, but big sellers in the format these days are a mixture of classic back-catalogue items and modern releases by new bands. Sony stopped making vinyl records in-house domestically in 1989 after the advent of CDs, which the company co-developed and began selling in 1982.

Agence France-Presse reported that Sony produced almost 200 million records per year in the 1970s, and Nikkei said Japan's sole record maker, Toyokasei, often can not keep up with current demand. Sony were a leader in the development of CDs which are now growing increasingly obsolete owing to the popularity of downloads and streaming.

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But vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations, with many fans saying it has a superior sound quality.

Panasonic relaunched its legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable several years ago as the market picked up. Nikkei added Sony's vinyl lineup will include popular older songs as well as the latest hit albums.

Years of double-digit growth in record sales have left vinyl press plants in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere struggling to meet demand. Vinyl sales surpassed downloads in the United Kingdom a year ago. People see it as an artefact'.

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