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Why Vinyl Refuses To Die: Records Make A Renaissance In San Antonio

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The analog tones of vinyl discs are coming back into popularity, reviving record stores and music enthusiasts across America. What's behind the rise of the old-fashioned album? 

With streaming services like YouTube and Spotify dominating the space for personal music experiences, listeners are looking for new ways to appreciate artists from the past and present. 

Record Store Day, marked for April 21 this year, was initially created a decade ago in response to a decline in CD sales and the prominence of digital piracy. In 2017, vinyl sales in independent record stores surged by almost 500 percent around the global event. 

Is nostalgia the driving factor behind this renewed interest? How are local stores and the music industry as a whole adapting to the shift? 

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