Posted: Apr 21, 2008 5:38 pm
i don't know about elsewhere, but my pal mike grimes, who owns grimey's, the record store in nashville told me a while ago that vinyl outsells CDs in his store by a long shot - not just used records but new releases that come out on vinyl and the vinyl that moves the most for him are 7"s
that tells me that the little guys - the bands themselves who press up their own singles, and the small indie companies - are the ones who are moving units (at least in this store)... not the record companies - the bmg/sony's, the Warner Music group, the EMI's etc
according to retail statistics, brick and mortar stores don't move anywhere as much product as amazon (or iTunes)... which explains why you don't see people browsing CDs at best buy, where they are probably overpriced anyway. i remember a statistic not long ago that WALMART sold more music than all the other general merchandise selling box stores. that's pretty creepy to me.