c87cfe13e5cord 2.jpg Vinyl Sales Increase 17.7% Since 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]

There’s something to be said for vinyl — its warm sound, its tactility, the awesome sleeve art. (Jack would agree.)

The Long Play (LP) record, made of grooved polyvinyl plastic, became a household staple during the 1950s but faded away with the invention of the cassette tape and the portable Sony Walkman. Compact discs later rendered both mediums obsolete, only to be replaced by MP3s.

As one races to outdo another, some audiophiles have rebelled and returned to ’s roots. Digital download sales continue to climb, reaching 1.3 billion in 2012, but consumers also bought more than 4.6 million records in the same year — that’s a 17.7% increase from 2011.

The Music Bed has created a handy infographic charting the evolution of audio and the resurgence of vinyl nostalgia.

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Vinyl Sales Increase 17.7% Since 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]