I read recently that the sales of vinyl records were growing three times faster than sales of CD's are declining! As music formats go, CD has had a reasonably good innings for the times. However, vinyl pressing is a very complex process requiring large machines, many of which were decommissioned in the 80's! This has led to a world shortage of capacity and so vinyl versions of new albums can be slow in coming. Enterprising companies are searching barns and out buildings looking for abandoned cutting lathes and lovingly refurbishing them. This level of commitment is laudable. I have also read many things about vinyl sales, suggesting that many of them never get removed from there jackets let alone being put on a turntable - This may just be the usual vitriol from those who don't make any money out of them!
In our world of course, vinyl sales are irrelevant in terms of offering a physical medium for the car but, are interesting in terms of offering further insight into the growth of quality listening. It also further polarises the argument between owning hard media and never actually seeing any hard evidence of the purchase of music you have just made!
You will be hard pressed in these enlightened times, to find a new car that actually has a CD slot. Streaming or radio listening is the only way to go. This is all good provided that folk continue to stream in high quality - Use the USB connection and not bluetooth where possible and a streaming service who's priority is quality rather than quantity! - Failure to do this could seriously affect the current craving for better quality and return us to the black days of MP3 docking stations - Perish the thought!
Until next month, do take care.