A host of new releases by artists such as Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie has triggered something of a vinyl revival amongst music lovers.
According to record industry body BPI, sales of vinyl albums has doubled over the last 12 months, hitting their highest level for more than a decade. Some 550,000 vinyl LPs have already been bought this year, and the BPI predicts that the figure will top 700,000 by Christmas.
Despite the ongoing popularity of music downloads and CDs, new vinyl releases from the likes of Daft Punk, Black Sabbath and Arctic Monkeys have helped pave the way for the revival of the old school format, and Arcade Fire, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and Jake Bugg are also set to release vinyl LPs later this year.
Geoff Taylor from BPI told the Daily Mail: "The LP is back in the groove. We're witnessing a renaissance for records - they're no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans."
Mr Taylor added: "While sale only account for a small percentage of the overall market, vinyl sales are growing fast as a new generation discovers the magic of 12-inch artwork, liner notes and the unique sound of analogue records, often accompanied by a download code for mp3s."
The BPI's online poll of 1,700 vinyl buyers revealed that it is the favoured format for 86 per cent, and a third of fans are aged under 35. Men make more than 87 per cent of vinyl buyers.
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