By: Renee Grant
It’s safe to say the vinyl revolution is definitely here to stay. Music industry giant Sony has announced they are resuming production of vinyl records for the first time in 30 years.
Sony stopped pressing vinyl records in 1989 when CD’s became king. Sony opted to outsource their vinyl needs to a company believed to be Japan’s only remaining vinyl producer, Toyokasei Co., but now that vinyl is seeing its popularity on the rise the company is ready to take back that role.
Sony subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. reportedly has installed its own press at a factory in central Japan.
Demand for the medium has been steadily rising since 2010. In 2016, close to 800,000 were made compared to little more than 100,000 in 2010 according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
Record players are also making a comeback, how else will you listen to all those new albums? Sony released their first new player in eight years in 2016, which allows users to digitize their records in high resolution.