For the third successive year DJmag readers have voted Juno Records as their favourite place to shop for vinyl, CDs and digital downloads.
"It's fantastic to win again. Big thanks to everyone who voted for us!" beams Juno founder Richard Atherton.
"Everyone at Juno has been working really hard this year on getting new labels and improving the site, so it's nice to feel it's been worth it."
What started out originally as a London record store in 1997 has now bloomed and blossomed into an online emporium housing pretty much everything a DJ could possibly want.
"We've expanded into DJ equipment, which is really taking off with all the new DJ controllers and software that's around," explains Richard.
Take a peek and you'll be lost in a wealth of 'must-have' items from bags to tutorials, decks to gadgets and even some rather nifty club clobber.
It's an exciting time for Juno, having recently taken DJ Download under their wing after they were placed into administration in November.
"It's really good for us and for DJ Download. They've got a different audience so the two companies complement each other well," confirms Richard.
The union can only be a good thing for customers too, making for stronger competition in the market and helping to keep the prices low.
Juno are staying true to their roots and continue to fly the flag for vinyl. Last year brought an increase in vinyl sales, particularly in dubstep, and the black stuff is peaking fantastically this year too.
"In other genres downloads are definitely in the ascendant. But vinyl always seems to be resurging in a different form, like with all the limited edition techno series this year, Frozen Border and Equalized, and of course funk 7"s," continues Richard.
As proof of their commitment, Juno are even helping labels press up their own vinyl (any labels that are interested can contact [email protected]).
Their forward-thinking ethos doesn't stop there though. Juno are taking their empire to the next level with their recently launched online magazine Juno Plus (junoplus.co.uk).
"We also have an amazing new music player about to go live. And both our web sites will be redesigned in the new year," enthuses Richard.
It's happy days and proof that DJmag readers know only too well when they're on to a good thing.
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