1) The generally low to ‘meh’ quality of mass market analog front ends, which is what most ppl had back then (and still kinda do today, if they’re into vinyl). 2) The music industry and stores pushing CD in a very big way, because they knew they could double the prices overnight, compared to vinyl or cassette. Of course and ironically, this set up the music industry perfectly to get reamed by music piracy/illegal downloading, just a decade and change later. The greed boomeranged. Ah well. .