You can dismiss it as a niche, but then again, everything starts (or, re-starts) as a niche. You can brush it off as an inferior format, but then again, that's usually where the debate begins. According to stats shared with Digital Music News by Nielsen Soundscan, sales of vinyl LPs hit another, modern-era record in 2012 with 4.6 million units. Most are being sold at indie retailers, with a heavy lean towards rock. Here's the latest sales picture.
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