Amazon, an e-Commerce firm, has reportedly introduced a new subscription service known as the Vinyl of the Month Club. This latest service will focus on delivering ‘golden era’ records from the 1960s and 1970s to the door of the music fans, handpicked by the Amazon Music team.
The subscription service is priced at $25 per month, designed to gain an advantage from the rising trend of vinyl record sales. This new club joins other subscription offerings of the e-Commerce company, including Kindle Unlimited, Book Box, Audible, and Amazon Prime. All the subscribers including Amazon Prime members will gain access to the service. It will showcase albums by ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, and other artists from the 1960s and 1970s.
Physical music was one of the 1st products sold by Amazon since 1998. Sources familiar with the matter have reportedly cited that the service has already featured The Wall, Pink Floyd's double album, & London Calling by The Clash. Similar other records are currently being sold at prices ranging from $25 to $40 on eBay.
Apart from Amazon, other companies have launched their monthly vinyl subscription services over the past years. VMP (Vinyl Me Please) is among the popular offerings with a fee starting at $33 per month. Subscribers are given access to the exclusive reissued records and can pick from 4 music genres. VNYL ($15 per month) and Secretly Society ($20 per month) are among the comparatively economical subscription services.
Amazon will enable its subscribers to return or cancel the records each month, and will cover the shipping charges. However, the inability of the users to select their preferred music is one of their major concerns.
Notably, vinyl record sales have been considerably increasing over the last 15 years, with a significant hike of 46% being recorded between 2019-2020.