Just when digital music thought it had slain its analog arch-nemesis, vinyl has risen from the dead. Best Buy must’ve listened when news broke early this year that vinyl sales went up 89 percent last year, handing the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes and Portishead top ten spots on the charts: New York Post reports that the big box store will be devoting merchandising space in all of their 1,020 stores for the new/old physical product of vinyl. Eight square feet, in fact. You know how many Blue-ray players they could’ve put there?
Don’t worry, they didn’t dive in headfirst with all this risky vinyl business. Obviously not trusting the raw data, Best Buy tested out selling vinyl in 100 of their stores and customers must have taken the bait. In fact, vinyl is already on track to outsell it’s shocking numbers from last year, with 670,000 units sold already this year, according to the NY Post.
This is the best news I’ve heard today, but if they start hawking eight-tracks too, it could get a bit creepy.