Insiders in the vinyl record business are expressing cautious optimism that the industry will weather its latest crisis. But it could be a hard road ahead.

Records were thought to be doomed as far back as the 1920s, when the introduction of radio first threatened the format’s dominance. Almost a century later, they're more popular than they’ve been in decades, having survived cassettes, CDs, iTunes, and (at least for now) streaming. Perhaps that’s why many in the industry — all of the insiders who spoke to EW for this story, in fact — express optimism that independent record stores, labels, and manufacturers will be able to weather the coronavirus pandemic...


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