(CNN) – For music lovers, there’s something special about listening to vinyl.
Michael Kurtz, Co-founder Record Store Day said, “You drop the needle on the record, you get the warm pop and crackle, it’s sort of like a fireplace. It’s very comforting.”
And profitable. This year Deloitte, an audit and consulting firm, expects about 40 million vinyl records to be sold. Which comes out to about $900 million in sales. Record players and other accessories brings the business of vinyl to the billion dollar mark.
Kurtz said, “Which was unthinkable 10 years ago.”
Companies like Disney and Fisher Price are jumping on the vinyl train and releasing records aimed at kids. Like this one from Thomas and Friends called “Steam, Rattle & Roll Thomas”
Kevin McMahon, Content Producer for Fisher-Price said, “Similar to reading a book, when you are listening to just the record, you are left to your own imagination to really paint the picture.” “We saw just these kids immediately become captivated with the rotating record, the speed dials, reversing… things like that. And just having something that they can touch really kind of captivated them right away.”
Although vinyl sales are rising, it still plays second fiddle to music streaming. All in all, total vinyl record sales make up about six percent of all recorded music sales.