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Industry: Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.
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Soundcheck

Ask John Schaefer Anything: Which Format Sounds Better -- Vinyl, CD's Or MP3's?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Soundcheck's John Schaefer weighs in on the age-old question about listening formats. 

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WNYC News

Food, Coffee and Music for Record Store Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Long lines and lots of shiny new vinyl recall the heyday of record shops.

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Conducting Business

The Puzzling Revival of the Vinyl LP

Thursday, January 16, 2014

While CD sales declined in 2013, vinyl sales moved in the opposite direction: up 32 percent from 2012. In this podcast, a debate over the significance of the format's ongoing comeback.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Styli over substance

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WNYC

The recently published National Recording Preservation Plan from the Library of Congress includes a recommendation to "encourage scientific and technical research leading to the development of new technologies to recover, reformat, and preserve audio recording media". Although at first sight this passage seems to refer to high-tech projects such as IRENE, there may be other, more modest ways to advance audio preservation technology. Here is an example.

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Soundcheck

Subway Album Covers

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An exhibit at the New York Transit Museum features 3 decades of album cover art inspired by the subway. A look at the albums - plus a chat with Latin Soul King Joe "Subway Joe" Bataan.

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WQXR Blog

NY Public Library Selling 22,000 Vinyl LPs for $1 Each

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hundreds of vinyl-record aficionados descended on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday for a rare sale of LPs from the library's collection.

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Soundcheck

Urban Outfitters Sells Quality Vinyl

Friday, July 12, 2013

You can find all sorts of quality vinyl at Urban Outfitters, the hip and often pricey clothing chain.

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Movies on the Radio

The Sound of Vinyl: Great Soundtrack LPs

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland presents an array of collectors' items, forgotten curiosities, and under-appreciated gems, all heard from vinyl pressings, and most not yet reissued digitally.

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WNYC News

East Village Vinyl Destination for Hit Makers and Global Junkies to Close

Monday, August 06, 2012

When Dr. Dre needed a fresh sample for his 2001 hit single with Snoop Dogg, “The Next Episode,” he hit up East Village record store co-owner Jared Boxxs’s shop Sound Library. Dr. Dre walked away with the David McCallum album “Music: A Bit More of Me” and a Billboard chart topper.

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Soundcheck

Seriously Vintage Vinyl

Friday, July 06, 2012

It’s like the stuff of science fiction: An audio historian at Indiana University has figured out a way for us to hear the world’s oldest gramophone recording – even though the disc and the player have long since disappeared.

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The Takeaway

Archer Records Keeps Vinyl and Detroit's Techno Scene Alive

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In the rest of America, vinyl may be a dying breed, but it’s alive and kicking in Detroit. Archer Records, one of the few companies left in the world that continues to press records, thrives on a symbiotic relationship with techno DJs.

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WQXR Blog

Vinyl Records Find a Second Life on the Dinner Table

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Over the years, some of the most popular questions we've fielded here at WQXR have to do to do with old record collections – especially 78’s.  Can the records be sold? Can they be given to schools… or libraries? Surely there must be a place of honor for these cherished musical memories that have been preserved with such loving care. After all, some fabulous performances risk being forgotten forever if the records are simply discarded, right? And what about the ongoing "quality" discussion? I mean, do LP's actually sound better than CDs or downloads?     

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Gallerina

The Art of Vinyl: Rethinking the LP

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WNYC

WNYC's Soterios Johnson talks to Arts Writer Carolina Miranda about how some artists—and one Brooklyn arts blogger—are incorporating vinyl into their work.

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