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Sony abandoned records almost three decades ago, but now the company is turning back the clock

29 years

Sony stopped pressing vinyl records in 1989, but after a break of 29 years, the Japanese company will start producing them again next year.

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Full-scale production will restart next year at a factory in Shizuoka, Japan.

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29 years

Vinyl sales in Japan surged from 105,000 records in 2010 to 799,000 in 2016. And the country’s only vinyl presser, Toyo Kasei, can’t keep up.

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Vinyl sales have been growing around the world, even as streaming dominate the industry. Global record sales rose from 31.7 million records in 2015 to 37.5 million in 2016.

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Deloitte predicts that vinyls, turntables, and accessories will generate $1 billion in sales this year.

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