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Fresh spin on the vinyl revolution

Saturday marks the seventh annual Record Store Day , a celebration of independently owned record stores throughout the world, and digital-era entrepreneurs are using new technology to put a fresh spin on the old platter.Vinyl records became old-school the minute CDs hit the shelves a few decades ago. But they never vanished. Audiophiles say there’s nothing like vinyl, and now they’re an integral part of Saturday’s events as shops sell limited-run, special edition and live records.Record Store Day helped vinyl albums record 6.1 million sales last year, up 33 percent from 2012 and the most on record since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping track in 1993.That’s still a far cry from the disco-era peak – 344 million LPs and EPs shipped in 1977, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. But sales growth has accelerated in the past few years – it’s doubled since 2010 – along with the proliferation of new business tools available to startups.One example is turntable maker U-Tu...

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