2013 was definitely a personal best in spending on music, with 296 purchases as of this writing. Compare that with the 94 purchases from 2012 and 72 from 2011.
But only 59 of those 296 were new releases, a scant 17 percent of the total. In previous years, that percentage would be half.
So where did all that cash go? Vinyl.
The purchase of a new speaker system ushered a vinyl renaissance, and I’ve pretty much embarked on crossgrading the better parts of my digital collection to analog.
I’ve long ago abdicated any responsibility for being a heatseeker, but this year pretty much made it plainly official.