Sony plans to manufacture records for the first time since 1989. The Agence France-Presse reports that the company will soon start production in a factory southwest of Tokyo, and that records should start rolling out by March of next year. Although Sony didn’t specify the genre of records it would manufacture, AFP says the releases will include older, popular Japanese songs, as well as contemporary music.
The company stopped producing vinyl records nearly 30 years ago to focus primarily on CDs, but given that vinyl sales reportedly reached a 25-year high last year, it makes sense that Sony would consider reproducing the old music format. UK-based HMV also reopened its vinyl-focused store in Shibuya, Japan nearly two years ago after this record resurgence. Sixty percent of the store is dedicated to records.
Vinyl has definitely made a comeback, but Sony says that it’s now struggling to find engineers who know how to make it. Okay, college kids, you get to choose between coding or record manufacturing. You know what to do.