Sony is to start making vinyl records again

Posted July 01, 2017

It's been nearly three decades since in-house vinyl pressing was on the agenda at Sony, but with vinyl sales outstripping digital downloads for the first time ever previous year, the company has reevaluated and announced the opening of their own in-house vinyl pressing facility. Starting in 2018, the company will begin producing vinyl in-house for the first time since 1989 (and we're not talking about the T-Swift LP).

Sony Music is about to plunge itself back into the thick of the vinyl record manufacturing business, some thirty years after it abandoned the music format, according to an NRP report. In fact, they're popular enough in Japan that Sony is preparing to restart mass production after almost 30 years. According to stats physical music sales represented 73% of total record industry revenues in Japan a year ago. With the vinyl revival in full swing, however, the company has now reportedly set its sights on getting back into the pressing game.

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Sony's biggest challenge is the lack of engineers experienced in making records. However, it is having to bring in older engineers to show a new generation how to make vinyl records.

The situation is similar in other developed countries, including Britain, where revenues from vinyl sales briefly surpassed those of digital music downloads last December. Though used records account for 70% of vinyl sales at Lawson HMV Entertainment, the Lawson unit is apparently seeing stronger demand for new releases from popular artists as well.

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