Sony Will Press its First Vinyl Records in in 30 Years

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

Sony Music Entertainment said this week it will begin pressing vinyl records again, ending an nearly three-decade hiatus.

The United Record Pressing plant, which has manufactured vinyl since 1949, is reportedly planning to expand its operations in Tennessee, doubling its current production capacity. According to Sony, the unit had already set up a record cutting machine to make lacquer masters at a Tokyo recording studio. The Nikkei said the lineup will include popular Japanese songs from the past, including Sony-owned titles, as well as chart-topping contemporary albums.

Sony and Panasonic both started selling analog record players again last year after previously giving up on them.

The company is searching for retired record engineers to advise its new record-making venture, according to Nikkei.

Globally, revenue from vinyl increased in 2016 by 23.5% to over half a billion dollars (US $563.6m) as unit sales increased from 31.7m to 37.5m.

In Japan it will get easier for fans of vinyl records to purchase music on the format.

One legendary record label is keeping up with the times by going old-school. Some former engineers the company had are now holding advisory roles to help pass their expertise on to the younger ones, said the spokeswoman.

But audiophiles from all ages have now gone back to vinyl, with the format making a prominent comeback around the world.

Official figures showed vinyl sales were worth £2.4 million in the United Kingdom, compared to the $2.1m amassed from digital downloads.

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