There seems to have been a huge shift in how people are consuming music as Discogs have announced a huge surge in physical sales. The online music marketplace says sales of vinyl, cassettes and CDs have shot up through lockdown.
It may well be one of the only pieces of good news from the pandemics effects on the music industry we’ve heard, so we’ll happily take it.
In the marketplaces mid-year report, which they released last week, Discogs announced that physical sales had risen by 29.69 per cent, equating to over 4 million orders between January and June in comparison to the same time last year.
The spike of sales arrived after the coronavirus pandemic sent large parts of the globe into lockdown, something which forced a huge number of record shops shut down their retail spaces.
The report offers up a few explanations as to what was behind the surge. As well as independent retailer opening up their huge catalogues to the platform, the report suggests people being forced to shop online has been behind the lift.
Vinyl sales have increased the most at 33 per cent above the same period last year while CD and cassette sales weren’t too far away either, 31 per cent and 30 per cent increase respectively.
“As sellers onboard more stock to the Marketplace, buyers turn to e-commerce with a desire to support small business, and music fans dig further into their own collections, visibility and availability are greater than ever,” the report reads.
“This trend should continue to grow as new customers become part of the Discogs Community and buying habits shift for the long term.”
The first half of 2020 has been the best six-month period we've ever seen on Discogs https://t.co/a8EWCDL6oQ— Discogs (@discogs) August 28, 2020