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Vinyl Finds Its Groove Again

Burlington, Vermont - July 17, 2007

Michael Crandall and his family have owned Pure Pop Records in Burlington for almost three decades.

"Well, we started here in 1980 on this corner, and we've been here for 27 years," said Crandall, whose father started the store. 

Over that time, the record store sold fewer and fewer records...giving way to the digital age. In the late 80's, Cd's started to become ubiquitous, and in the 90's, music files that you could share and carry with you became the norm.

But now things are starting to change.

After 2 decades of losing market share to both CD's and more recently MP3s, vinyl has started to make a comeback.

Continued Crandall: "In an industry that's struggling, it is definitely that's increasing sales wise. I mean, we have like 10 rows here... this was 4 rows 5 years ago."

That trend is happening not just in Burlington, but all over the country. Sales of vinyl have doubled since 2000 to become a $110 million industry.

And buyers aren't just your aging hippies.... young people who grew up with only file based music are finding that while mp3s are convenient, records give them something else.

"Mp3's are so portable and easy. Vinyl gives you sort of a something real and tangible," said Tanner McCuin, a 25 year old vinyl collector.

"When you put the record on your turntable and you pull out the art, you feel like you own something," said Crandall.

"It says something about the impermanence of music, and to have something as solid as a piece of vinyl is reassuring," concluded McCuin.

A reassuring comfort that more are finding in this digital age.

Alex Martin - WCAX News

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