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Vinyl records sales gaining speed in Abilene

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 07 2014 09:36:58 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 08 2014 01:45:03 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Before tapes, CDs and mp3s people listened to records, but records aren't just a thing of the past, sales of vinyl records have spiked in recent years.

"In the last three years we've seen an explosion," said Kevin Howell who works at Record Guys.

In 2013, for the first time since iTunes started, digital music sales decreased.

According to Billboard Magazine 2 percent of album sales today are on vinyl and although CD sales are falling, record sales were up 33 percent last year.

"It changed from the collector to the, ‘hey records are really cool and I want to own my own music,’" said Howell.

There are different reasons people choose to listen to vinyl over a CD or mp3.

"I feel that having the original pressings of the music that formed music today is much more meaningful and having something online that anybody could get," said Charles Mathis who just started buying records recently.

"It just sounds a lot better the quality itself," said Matt Snider, who has collected records for years. 

Record Guys handle new and used albums and sell equipment to play them on.

"A vinyl record on a good quality piece of equipment it sounds like a live performance it sounds like a recording the way the artist intended for it to be heard," Howell said.

Recently, most major new music releases also have a vinyl version.

According to Billboard.com digital music sales were down 5.7 percent in 2013.