Australian music tech company Jaxsta has launched an online record store for vinyl records, catering to the renewed popularity of physical music formats and the nostalgia associated with vinyl.
Vinyl.com went live on Monday (May 15), offering a catalog of vinyl records across all genres with verified creative contributions metadata on every album.
According to Jaxsta, the “iconic” vinyl.com URL “offers a deep catalog of vinyl records, powered by Jaxsta’s Official Music Credits”.
The launch of vinyl.com comes as Jaxsta — backed by Los-Angeles based B2B music rights and licensing marketplace Songtradr — continues to expand its offerings.
In February, the company bought Vampr, a social network connecting musicians and artists, dubbed as “LinkedIn for creatives”. The deal expanded Jaxsta’s community by 1.3 million creators.
Jaxsta, which claims to be “the world’s largest database of official music credits”, houses more than 289 million official music credits from over 330 data partners
In July 2022, Jaxsta added another 2 million creators when it partnered with US digital music distribution platform DistroKid.
In November the company added a new feature that it says matches works to recordings, allowing users of its database to secure lost royalties, source song licenses and syncs.
Jaxsta notes that including verified creative contributions metadata on every album on VInyl.comensures that all parties involved in the creation of the albums are recognized, including artists, songwriters, producers, composers, engineers, musicians and any other contributors.
The Vinyl.com website also currently features editorial and listicles with titles such as: 50 Essential Records You Need In Your Collection, The Jack Antonoff Touch: 10 Essential Pop Records, and Interview With Grammy-Winning Producer, Engineer & Mixer Elliot Scheiner.
“Whether you’re a creator, a collector or consumer, we are all music fans! The music industry continues to experience technological advancement and what is incredible to see is the return of the purely analog music delivery format vinyl, representing the highest selling form of music outside of streaming,” said Jaxsta CEO Beth Appleton.
Citing the latest IFPI Global Music Report, Appleton added: “The data clearly shows that music lovers want more than just a passive online listening experience.”
In 2021, data from industry body the RIAA showed that music fans in the US spent more on vinyl than CD in 2020, the first time since 1986.
Earlier this year, legendary heavy metal band Metallica acquired a controlling stake in Furnace Record Pressing, a provider of vinyl records and related services, for an undisclosed sum. Prior to the deal, Furnace produced more than five million pieces of Metallica vinyl since 2014.
“The music industry continues to experience technological advancement and what is incredible to see is the return of the purely analog music delivery format vinyl, representing the highest selling form of music outside of streaming.”
Beth Appleton, Jaxsta
In adding the metadata on every album on vinyl.com, Jaxsta’s Appleton said “music is not a commodity. It is art that is crafted by artists and their teams, loved by music fans.”
Appleton continued: “The album and official music credits are crucial components that educate us about the people who have put the recording together. Our goal is to create a global music products marketplace, focused on celebrating music and albums created around the world. A marketplace that fosters relationships between creators and fans while promoting and preserving the value of music.”
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