Small Data: Is lots of vinyl being sold?

Graph showing shipments of vinyl records 1964 to 2013

Much has been made of the fact that more than a million vinyl albums have been sold this year, but is that a lot, asks Anthony Reuben.

Everybody's becoming familiar with a particular story about how people buy their music. CDs killed vinyl. CDs were in turn at least partly killed by downloads. But then vinyl made a stirring recovery.

I heard a guest on BBC Radio 4 talk about how some people were buying vinyl as a form of art, with no intention of playing it. Clearly there are also lots of people who buy and play vinyl because they prefer it. But do the latest figures really herald a return to peak vinyl?

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