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Do You Still Love the Walkman?

The New York Times: Some people love technology that the rest of us see as obsolete junk. [Not “obsolete junk.” Yes, I still have and use my Walkman, cassette player, CD player, iPod, and listen to hundreds of CDs and vinyl. Reminder / e-waste is real and please consider upcycling, donating or even selling old tech gadgets rather than throwing them out when they work just fine. There has been a huge resurgence in sale of vinyl that shows no sign of diminishing.]

See also via Axios: “Dust off those plastic binders that lived in your back seat. Fire up the boombox: Compact discs are back, writes Nate Rau of Axios Nashville.

  • CD sales enjoyed year-over-year growth for the first time since 2004, the Recording Industry Association of America says in its annual sales report.
  • Combined with the decade-long vinyl sales explosion, overall physical music sales grew for the first time since 1996.

Physical music sales exploded to the tune of $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, according to the RIAA data.

  • CD sales grew to $584.2 million nationally last year, up more than $100 million from 2020. By comparison, 2021 vinyl sales increased to $1 billion annually, up from $643.9 million.”

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