Remember the days when you would hurtle down to the record store after school to gawk at new releases? You may have occasionally taken home a CD to hurriedly tear it open and pop it into your sound system, pretending to do your homework while you listened to your new favourite track. Unfortunately, this sensational experience has lost its value but it’s not because listening to music is no longer amazing, obviously. It’s just that buying music in CD format is nonsensical in a world where MP3s are so easy to play and transfer. In saying this, it doesn’t mean there’s no longer value in purchasing a tangible album. Even though the recording industry is struggling, vinyl is making a comeback. You’ve maybe noticed this resurgence in local music stores like Musica or a Croxley turntable in your hip friend’s lounge. And this rebirth isn’t just a fad. Even as record sales decline, people are buying more vinyls than they have in decades. In 2013, sales increased by 31 percent to about 6 million units. Only one million units were sold in 2007. And yet people don’t have to buy vinyl but they’re increasingly choosing to do so. In a world where CDs are obsolete, and digital files are so easily accessible, vinyl still has a physical value that gives you the feeling that your money has been well spent. Those who care about ownership are increasingly turning to vinyl as it offers an intimate experience. The large format feels more substantial and the design of the cover and its inserts are works of art. It’s wonderfully interactive to put a record on, listen to a side and then flip it over to hear the other – you are constantly physically and emotionally involved. And today, vinyls come with codes which allow you to download digital versions of your vinyl purchase. Sites like Amazon’s Autorip give you a free MP3 with your vinyl when you purchase from their online store, which means you can take the same quality music out and about with you. Vinyls can be fragile and have imperfections but this is part of their charm. Many audiophiles turned to CD to do away with the interference of scratch but scratch is not bad, it adds character. In time, records warp, needles wobble and skip over scratches but this all turns them into nostalgia factories. For those of you who buy second-hand or have parents who have passed their copies onto you, you’ll know the feeling of receiving or purchasing a well-played vinyl. Think about it – as music lovers, what are we otherwise going to pass on to our kids? A flash drive of tunes? A link to our Dropbox? Vinyl isn’t just music, it’s an experience. And one worth investing in.
Click here to view our previous post in which we list some of the best selling albums we currently have in store.
(Adapted from Gizmo)