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Podcast: The Record Strikes Back, Episode 1

Listen to the inaugural ecoustics podcast. Episode 1 takes a deep dive into the state of vinyl record industry and examines its unexpected resurgence.

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Even after 10 years of double-digit growth, the vinyl industry can barely keep up with the demand for records in 2021. Fueled by the lockdown of hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the music industry is looking for ways to keep the momentum going as live music begins again and people venture out to travel and return to the office. The ecoustics editorial team takes a deep dive into the state of vinyl, record stores, the importance of social media for artists during the pandemic, and the newfound interest in turntables, record collecting, and vinyl playback at home. 

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Show Notes

U.S. Music Industry Revenues 2020
Source: RIAA

U.S. Music Industry Statistics 2020

20192020% Change YOY
CD (units sold, millions)47.531.6-33.6%
CD (revenues)$630.70$483.30-23.4%
LP/EP (units sold, millions)18.522.923.6%
LP/EP (revenues)$479.50$619.6029.2%
Music Video (units sold, millions)1.31.0-20.9%
Music Video (revenues)$25.80$27.406.2%
Other Physical (units sold, millions)0.40.524.0%
Other Physical (revenues)$8.50$8.803.1%
Total (units sold, millions)67.759.9-17.4%
Total (revenues)1,144.61,139.1-0.5%
U.S. Physical Format Music Revenues 2018-2020

About the ecoustics podcast

Welcome to the flagship podcast of; the award-winning online magazine covering everything hi-fi and home theater since 1999.

The diverse ecoustics team covers music, hi-fi, home theater, and movies, bringing you closer to the newsmakers and innovators changing the way the world experiences cinema and their favorite music.

Whether you’re listening through stereo loudspeakers or a home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know.

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