While debates surrounding music streaming services, online downloads, physical purchases and torrents have been raging the past couple years, vinyl has been making a comeback in a big way. Avoiding what seemed like an imminent demise, vinyl purchases have increased more than sixfold from 2005 to 2013 in the United States, jumping from less than a million LPs purchased to 6.1 million according to data put together by Statista. In the UK and Germany, vinyl sales are at their highest since the late '90s, resulting in $218 million global vinyl sales in 2013. Take a look at the chart by Statista, which demonstrates worldwide vinyl sales from 1997 to 2013.
Whether it is because of people resisting the commoditization of music by streaming services, the realization that most LPs come with a digital download as well or the general passion of audiophiles and hipsters alike, vinyls are on the rise and will most likely continue their surge through the rest of 2014 and 2015.