And it is not just small independent record stores

 that have struggled to stay afloat.In the 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd, the biggest and oldest re

cord company in the country, sold about 10 million records, such as pop, folk, and classical music by Chinese

singers and orchestras, says Hou Jun, the company’s vice-president. In the early 2000s the number dropped to no more

than 10,000 copies, and the huge change in the way music was consumed led to many Chinese record companies folding.

In the late 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd closed down its last vinyl prod

uction line because of the decline of the market for physical records.However, last year, as the

company celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding, it launched a project to revive vinyl production. The com

pany has imported a production line from Germany that marks the start of the company’s

vinyl production, and it has set up a vinyl records factory in Shanghai that has a complete production line.

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