Vinyl records are a type of analog audio storage medium that consists of a flat disc made of polyvinyl chloride PVC with a spiral groove etched into one side. The groove is used to store sound by physically etching a wavy pattern onto the vinyl that can be read by a turntable as the record spins. Vinyl records were first introduced in the late 1940s and quickly became the dominant format for music playback. They remained popular until the late 1980s, when they were largely replaced by digital formats such as cassette tapes and CDs. A lifestyle custom cursor with Vinyl Record.