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07/17/2013

Want it on vinyl? Record company launches crowdfunding project

Are you looking for an old Boston album on vinyl, just to re-live the feeling of listening to a record distributed through an archaic analogue medium?

Universal Music’s vinyl division, UVinyl, is launching something called “The Vinyl Project.”

It’ll be a crowdsourced/crowdfunded way to determine which obsolete albums should be repressed on vinyl based on demand and interest from the general public.

Vinyl aficionados and music fans will soon be able to go to the UVinyl project’s website to have some input on which albums get produced.

But not all hit albums will be available through this crowdfunded project. After saying on its Facebook page that Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” and Sonic Youth’s “Goo” could be included in the project, Universal later clarified that those albums aren’t part of the project.

If you thought vinyl was long dead, think again. You can still buy brand new high-end turntables at fine music stores for hundreds of dollars more than an iPod.

And it’s not just the playback devices that are in hot demand – vinyl sales hit a 15-year high this year, according to the Register.

Would you sign up to buy an obsolete record? Do you think the recent craze around vinyl will last?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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