Vinyl’s sales are still a distant third to CDs and digital downloads

By Joe Tempesta


Sales of vinyl albums in the U.S. increased by 30 percent in 2013, but made up only 2.1 percent of total albums sold, according to the Nielsen SoundScan. Vinyl only sold 6 million units last year, compared to 165 million CDs and 118 million digital downloads.

Jonathan Wyner, president and chief mastering engineer of M Works Studios in Cambridge, has been in the music business for over 25 years, and has done work for top-selling artists such as Aerosmith, Nirvana and David Bowie. He said vinyl sales may be up, but they will never be what they once were.

“It’s still a tiny niche market,” he said. “And I think it remains there.”

Scan the graph below to see the market shares of albums sold in the U.S. last year.


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Joe Tempesta is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree at Emerson College. He enjoys meeting new people and learning new things, and believes journalism allows him to do just that. Joe hopes to begin a fruitful career in the broadcasting field after graduation.