Look! Sony Music To Start Manufacturing Its Own Vinyl Again

Man listening to vinyl record

TOKYO-Sony Music Entertainment, owner of storied USA music labels Columbia and RCA, said it plans to produce vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The Agence France-Presse reports that the company will soon start production in a factory southwest of Tokyo, and that records should start rolling out by March of next year.

The Japanese firm stopped making vinyl records in 1989, a company spokesman said, as consumers flocked to compact discs and other emerging music technology. They will also accept orders from outside record labels, however.

In April official figures revealed that more than 3.2 million LPs were sold previous year in the United Kingdom - driving revenues from vinyl up by two thirds.

The surge in popularity of vinyl has been widely reported in recent years, with the format attracting older, nostalgic buyers as well as younger people.

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Panasonic relaunched its legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable several years ago as the market picked up. They'll include classic Japanese pop albums, as well as contemporary chart-toppers.

According to IFPI stats, physical music sales represented 73% of total record industry revenues in Japan previous year - making it the world's biggest physical music territory.

Vinyl has definitely made a comeback, but Sony says that it's now struggling to find engineers who know how to make it.

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