Happy Birthday to the 33 1/3 Microgroove LP!

Happy Birthday to the 33 1/3 Microgroove LP!Wired.com posted a little bit of music history today. On this day in 1948, "Columbia Records puts the needle down on history’s first successful microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LP in New York, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it." According to the post, there were several attempts to bring the microgroove plastic albums to market dating back to the early 30s, but technical difficulties, the Great Depression, and World War II forced its delay. Read more.

Album sales were up in 2011 – is the music industry back?

AdeleMusic sales are up. That was the big news at the beginning of the year, and it’s an encouraging sign that maybe things have leveled off in the music industry. Sorting through the numbers, there are some interesting things to note, and other curiosities to get you thinking. Total albums sold in 2011: 330.6 million. That’s up 1.3% from 326.2 million in 2010, and it’s the first increase since 2004, which is the big reason why this is welcome news. Read more.