Then & Now 6/20: CD or Vinyl?
On this date in 1948, Edward Wallerstein conducted the first public demonstration of the revolutionary Columbia Records 33-rpm "Long Playing" record for fifty or so members of the press, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Today, an LP seems like an ancient relic of the past. But in reality, those good old vinyl records are making a comeback. In the 1980’s and 90’s, CD’s gradually replaced vinyl, and now even CD’s are becoming rare with most people getting their music via digital download. But in 2007, those old LP’s started to appear again and sales made a sudden small increase, and by the early 2010s they were growing at a very fast rate. In some areas, vinyl records are now more popular than they were in the late 1980s.