More S. Koreans buying LP records and turntables despite easy access to online music
Long-playing (LP) records and turntables are gaining popularity among South Koreans despite easy access to music via online resources.
Online shopping mall Gmarket reported a 30 percent increase in turntable sales in South Korea in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
The rate of the sales increase was highest among those in their 50s, accounting for 41 percent, and 40s, covering 31 percent.
Those in their 30s and 20s were responsible for more than 10 percent.
Another major online seller SSG.com reported a 44 percent jump in turntable sales.
LP record sales are also increasing with online store Yes24 posting a 73.1 percent on-year increase.
Meanwhile, the Music Content Association reported a sales increase of K-pop vinyl albums by a factor of 19.
According to music critic Kim Do-heon, vinyl albums are popular because acquiring them gives you a sense of ownership.
Another factor is the deepening interest in indoor decoration, with LP records and turntables serving as props for interior design.