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Vinyl-Record Sales Top Compact Discs for First Time in 34 Years

Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

Sales of vinyl records surpassed those of CDs in the U.S. for the first time since 1986, marking a key turning point for the format’s nostalgia-fueled resurgence.

People spent $232.1 million on long-play and extended-play records in the first half of the year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, eclipsing the $129.9 million they spent on compact discs.