Think You Know Music in Philly? What About Vinyl?

In a world of iPods, MP3 players, Pandora, and every other music downloading device, we’ve forgotten about CDs. But even more, we’ve forgotten about vinyl! Remember the first vinyl album you had and the way you felt the first time listening to it? I bet you do!

Luckily, vinyl records have never stopped being produced.  In fact, in recent years they’ve been slowly, but surely gaining popularity again. For those of you who miss listening to the true quality sound that LPs produced, or are looking for a unique gift this Holiday season, here’s a list of record stores that are still very well, up, and running in Center City:

Center City Vinyl Spots:


Repo Records

South Street District – 538 South Street
Successfully cultivated for 23 years, Repo specializes in new and used CDs, LPs, and music DVDs. They carry a range of genres from all decades, from the 50’s to jazz, to 60’s pop and even punk. Oh, and best of all- their basement is stocked with thousands upon thousands of used LP gems, some of which only cost $0.99!


Long in the Tooth

Rittenhouse Square – 2027 Sansom Street
Reasonably priced is something this store knows best, along with friendly, charismatic employees who absolutely love what they do. The catalogue of music is consistently growing, and always includes new, used, and early pressings. Even the book and DVD selection won’t let you down! Support this record store, and keep vinyl alive.


AKA Music

Old City – 27 N. 2nd Street
Perfectly maintained used records for $0.99, that’s what this store embodies!  Not quite your typical crammed room with boxes stuffed with records, AKA features high ceilings, lots of space and a bright atmosphere. Plus it’s super-organized! You can stumble upon vinyl you never thought you’d find, and spend hours getting lost in all of the new records and learning all about upcoming releases.


Enjoy music lovers!


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