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Spencer Hickman: Vinyl sales are on the increase

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2012 has turned out to be the British music industry's best year ever for the sale of singles, but album sales are still falling.

If current trends continue, they will fall to 100 million this year, which will mean a drop for more than a third in the last 10 years.

It might not necessarily signify the death of the album, but the dominance of the internet is having a detrimental effect on music retailers.

Speaking to the Today programme, Ian Anderson of Jehtro Tull said: "Today we can all get access to anything and everything that was ever released. It's all available out there now at the click of a button."

But Spencer Hickman, formerly of Rough Trade Record Stores and co-ordinator of Record Store Day, says many still like the "ritual" of buying and playing physical formats.

He said: "CDs are obviously steadily going down and have been for many years, but vinyl is on the increase."


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