When Will Record Stores Accept Digital Albums?
We already had the first major record store chain to support vinyl, Record Stores International, in 2011, when it was launched.
But as we’ve seen with other retailers, digital is coming.
And now the Recording Industry Association of America is pushing to get that digital option in more places.
And on Thursday, the group announced that it’s launching a program called “Record Store Day” to celebrate the arrival of the digital format.
“We are committed to supporting the vinyl record store industry with the best, most affordable, and most innovative record store experiences,” said Scott Hahn, the CEO of RIAA, in a statement.
“The new Digital Album Catalog and the new Digital Music Store will help record stores provide a digital store experience for customers everywhere, which includes new releases, limited-time offers, and music collections.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the launch of a new app for Apple Music called the “Spotify for Vinyl” that is expected to launch this fall.
RIAAC, which is headquartered in New York, is a trade group that represents more than 600 record labels, music retailers, and publishers.
It represents a huge swath of the music industry.
It is not a major record retailer.
But it is not alone either.
Many major chains like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot are also rolling out new vinyl records in the coming months.