Tesco has revealed its plans to become the first UK supermarket to stock vinyl records.
The latest move in the company's strategy will launch on Friday 4 September with the release of Iron Maiden's new album The Book of Souls through 55 Tesco Extra stores.
Tesco's decision could well be followed by other supermarkets, after vinyl sales hit 1.3 million in the UK last year - the highest since 1995, accounting for 2 per cent of the 2014 music market.
Michael Mulligan, Tesco music buyer, told Engadget that the plan came about after initial sales of record decks in the largest stores proved "very encouraging".
"Giving our customers some new vinyl to play on those decks seems like the next logical step," he said. "If the trial is a success then we would consider selling more vinyl albums before the end of the year."
10 best record players for £100 or less
10 best record players for £100 or less
1/10 GPO Stylo
This modern-looking, record-only stereo plays at three speeds and gives you choice of its built-in or separate speakers with an AUX output. Lightweight and featuring blue LED lights, its 1.5 watt internal-speakers sound nice - although best used with additional ones. £39, amazon
2/10 Crosley Cruiser
Want to show off your records? Then take this portable player in a retro-looking case to your mates’. Playing at three speeds, it’s Mac and PC compatible with a USB output so you’re able to make audio files of your music hoard. Models avaialble in a range of colours. £80, amazon
3/10 Auna TT-92B Turntable Record Player
This black mahogany record player is slightly bigger than the others – and louder too. With USB and AUX inputs, it can play your digital music through two front speakers or external speakers through the RCA outputs (lead bought separately). Includes a remote control. £100, amazon
4/10 iTek i60007 USB turntable
For the vinyl-obsessed on a budget, this two speed (45 and 33 1/3 RPM), handmade wood cabinet player is a good no-frills option. It’s belt-driven like classic players with plastic speaker grills on its front side and a protective closing lid. It’s USB compatible, too. £30, ebay
5/10 Steepletone Norwich
You can ramp up the volume on this all-in-one player with stereo speakers. With its line-in/line-out sockets you’re able to play music from or through the machine and there’s a sub-woofer socket that’ll keep bass addicts happy. £60, ebay
6/10 Encode 3 speed record player
Available in black or silver, the Encode 3 is a quieter than some but compact. Its USB connecting option means, like the Crosley, you can convert vinyl tracks into MP3s. It also has two RCA outputs so you can wire it up to other speakers (lead not included). Available in a package with sub-woofers if base floats your boat. £78, uk-jukeboxes.co.u
7/10 PylePro Retro Belt Drive
Get your vinyl and Six Music hit in one retro-looking package with this three-speed player with built-in radio. You’re able to play your MP3 and smart phone music through the 3.5mm AUX line-in, and connect to bigger external speakers with its stereo RCA outputs (lead not included). £54, ebay
8/10 ION Duo Deck USB with tape player
Dig out those embarrassing teenage mix-tapes to listen on this portable machine that handles cassettes as well as vinyls. It’ll play records at 45 and 33 1/3 RPM and can run off AA batteries. It can also be linked to a PC or Mac and there’s a built-in speaker and headphones socket. £60, amazon
9/10 Steepletone Chichester II/L
Made of real wood, this boxy model by the respected makers is a crisp-sounding stereo with a protective lid. Though the speakers won’t blow the roof off, it features a 3.5mm line-in allowing you to play music through your iPod or phone. Also plays CDs, cassettes and AM/FM radio. £100, amazon
10/10 ION Max LP Conversion Turntable with Stereo Speakers
We like the wooden base on this three-speed model with a transparent protective lid. With only one dial – the volume – this is a sleek, straight-forward turntable with an MP3 converting option. £80, amazon
Vinyl is becoming increasingly available in the mainstream market, with clothing chain Urban Outfitters selling exclusive copies of Lana Del Rey's new album and Amazon also beginning to offer exclusive vinyls.
However, concerns have been raised for independent record shops, after bargain supermarket CD sales were partly blamed for their decline in the last twenty years.Reuse content