Sony Will Press its First Vinyl Records in in 30 Years

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Sony Will Press its First Vinyl Records in in 30 Years

They will also accept orders from outside record labels, however.

Almost 30 years after Sony stopped making vinyl records, the company announced Thursday it will start making records again in Japan to meet surging demand.

A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday. 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.

But the British Phonographic Industry said in April that those same crackles and scratches were driving today's music fans back to LPs.

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.

The plant is a response to increased interest in records among Japanese consumers, a demand that Japan's only vinyl press, Toyokasei, has struggled to keep up with.

According to IFPI stats, physical music sales represented 73% of total record industry revenues in Japan past year - making it the world's biggest physical music territory. The company says it's installing record-cutting equipment and enlisting the help of older engineers who know how to reproduce the best sound. Vinyl sales surpassed downloads in the United Kingdom a year ago.

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