December 9, 2014 at 5:30 AM R.E.M. singles box confirms growing vinyl popularity | New recordings Posted by Charles R. Cross R.E.M., ‘7in-83-88’ (IRS) Vinyl accounts for a growing percentage of physical music sales — and while the numbers are still small — far less than CDs, digital sales, or illegal downloads — it is one of the only sectors of the music industry that’s growing. As such, collectors will savor the new R.E.M. box set available only on seven-inch vinyl records. More Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "7IN-83-88", New Recordings, R.E.M.