In this age of downloadable music, is it possible that vinyl records are experiencing even faster growth than the numbers indicate? David Giffels wrote a story for The New York Times Magazine on a small vinyl record company in Cleveland, Gotta Groove Records. Giffels says the company is one of about 20 left in the United States that still press vinyl records. According to the story, vinyl record makers are still enjoying a resurgence in interest from music fans. Last year, according to the story, 2.8 million vinyl records were sold in the United States, according to Nielsen Co., and this year's numbers are about 40 percent higher. (The Recording Industry Association of America has different numbers -- 4 million LPs or EPs, up nearly 26 percent between 2009 and 2010, and about 300,000 vinyl singles, down about 4 percent). But Giffels' source at Gotta Groove says the real sales figures for vinyl are much, much higher. Nielsen's estimate only gets about 15 percent of the total, Vince Slusarz said, because most vinyl records are sold in independent shops, at clubs and through websites. "The majority of the stuff we press, it doesn't even have a bar code," Slusarz said. To put it all in perspective, though, keep in mind that 225.8 million [polycarbonate] CDs were shipped in the United States in 2010, according to RIAA. And an estimated 1,16 billion singles and 83.1 million albums were downloaded in 2010.
Just how many people love vinyl records?
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