Vinyl is Back, Baby!

July 7, 2017

That’s right, vinyl is back, and in a big way! But if you’re doing that half-smile-but-I’m-really-confused look, you’re probably not alone. Let us explain. Today, listening to your favorite song might mean pulling out your iPod, iPad, or laptop, searching for the song on a streaming service such as YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora, and then hitting the play button. And if you’re really in love with the song, you might just head over to iTunes and buy a digital copy of it. Easy, right? But that’s not how people always listened to music. Back in the 1950s through the 1990s, people purchased vinyls—also called records—to listen to their favorite songs.

By Knipsermann (33 Umin) [CC BY 2.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
In the 1970s, the cassette tape became popular, and in the 1980s, the CD became the preferred way to consume music. As the music industry developed more and more sophisticated forms of media, certain music formats began to fade out. Have you seen a cassette tape recently? But while some things go away, others, like the record, are making a comeback. The sale of records has gone up so much recently that Sony, one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative electronics and music companies, has announced it will be making records once again, along with new record players, turntables, and other record-related accessories. Cool, right? We think so.

But Sony has run into a slight problem: it’s been twenty-eight years since they last manufactured a record, and while it’s great that people want to buy records again, there aren’t many people who actually know how to work a record-making machine. Not to worry though—Sony is taking some people out of retirement and hiring them on as consultants to teach their current workforce how to make records.

Are there things that you’d like companies to bring back? Here at Xyza, we’re bringing back the printed newspaper because we love how you can flip the pages and mark up the word search in the back!