Once again, declines in sales of CDs and downloads overshadowed a relatively small gain in vinyl LP sales. Total album sales dropped 11.2 percent to 257 million units, according to Nielsen Music. Track sales declined 12.5 percent to 1.1 billion and are down 17.5 percent from the high of 1.34 billion in 2012. Vinyl is a small victory: sales were up 51.8 percent, but accounted for just 3.6 percent of album sales.
A 51.8% increase in vinyl sales in 2014. Hmm. Vinyl is great for the artwork and for those who like their music in a physical format, but the most important thing for me is sound quality. Mastering for vinyl involves too many compromises — digital allows you to hear the music how it sounded in the studio (or as close as you’re going to get to that experience). That’s what I want to hear.