Gee whiz, how many articles about the return of vinyl have there been in the past year? Billboard and Wired started the ball rolling in late 2007, and the echo pieces just keep coming. (Even though people have been writing these pieces for at least 14 years.) It's attaining the perennial appeal of all those "women in rock" stories that have cropped up since the late '70s.
Sure, it's one of the few growth areas of the music industry and therefore worthy of note, but the glut of stories must also be a function of the age of the people who control mainstream music media like the L.A. Times, who published one just this week. They're old enough to remember when vinyl was the only music format and still haven't quite gotten comfortable with those newfangled MP3s. Vinyl's slight return gives the oldsters some validation, not to mention soothing those nagging feelings of getting old.
The thing is, I bet most of those middle-aged ears are too shot to hear the difference anymore, but then playing vinyl was always kind of a ritual anyway.
p.s.: The story keeps right on rolling. Or spinning. And here's another one from the New York Times.