Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

If all goes as expected, vinyl record sales will exceed the billion-dollar milestone by the end of this year.

Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony will start making records again amid surging demand. Japan now has one active record manufacturer that makes limited qualities of new releases, but it often can not keep up with demand.

But despite the current popularity of digital music services like Spotify, old school records are enjoying a renaissance. With the vinyl revival in full swing, however, the company has now reportedly set its sights on getting back into the pressing game.

And now Sony Music Entertainment revealed plans to meet vinyl demands with new presses from its factory south-west of Tokyo. UK-based HMV also reopened its vinyl-focused store in Shibuya, Japan almost two years ago after this record resurgence.

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However, despite the popularity that now can be seen across the different digital music providers such as Spotify, the old school vinyl record has been enjoying quite a renaissance. Turntables and other vinyl-related accessories are also benefiting as a result. While that method is no longer the norm, Sony have taken their first step in bringing it back, as they have revealed that they will open a new production center in Japan.

It has not yet made a decision of which genres it will produce said the company spokesperson.

The biggest challenge for Sony is a lack of experienced engineers for making records.

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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