Back in the 1980’s CD’s arrived and vinyl records looked to be doomed to extinction. No more pops and clicks, CD’s were the way forward. However for some die-hards, particularly classical music fans the analog sound of vinyl was still their preferred format.
Moving on a few years and mp4 arrived and then the cloud with Spotify and Apple Music amongst others offering access to millions of tracks and every music genre. However, people are turning to vinyl once again. Why?
Why I like Vinyl Records
I have spent time looking into why people are buying vinyl records including young people who are hearing and seeing it for the first time in their lives. Their reasons are similar to mine.
A vinyl record is tangible.
The records come in a sleeve that can have some amazing artwork and plenty of space for the lyrics in a type font and size that is readable. When you take a record out of the sleeve it requires attention. You need to hold it carefully, place it on the record deck, clean it and also make sure the stylus is also dust free. Then, of course, you start the deck and the arm can either be manually placed on the record or drop automatically. There is movement as the record plays that is visible to all unlike digital music or even CD’s. This movement, which I think in itself is relaxing becomes part of the overall way in which vinyl records give pleasure.
Building a record collection allows the owner to display them, rather like a book collector has shelves displaying their library. This, of course, is not possible with music stored on a computer or in the cloud.
Slicing a cake!
The vinyl record is in analog format and that is the way in everyday life we hear. When music is turned into digital one recording expert described it this way.
“It is like slicing a cake. When you slice a cake, you still have the cake and yet you have lost parts of it caused by the action of cutting, which is shown by the crumbs on your plate.”
He described that turning analog music into digital is similar and that tiny pieces are lost in the transformation. This is no doubt, particularly why those with good hearing say that there is something not quite right with the sound of CD’s and digital music even though you banish the pops and clicks.
Room for all Formats
The beauty of choice is that whilst some people will only use one format of music, there is the ability to have music to suit the occasion. I have a CD collection and will still buy the occasional CD that I see, usually because the price might be so low that it’s a bargain. CD’s are good for use in a car whereas vinyl although tried in the past is no good at all. The cassette tape might still have a place for some and these too are making a comeback.
Many people like myself will listen to such services as Spotify to seek out new music or check out albums before we purchase them. This is a great way to use online services and only buy what you would really like to collect and yet have access to other music when you simply fancy listening to it anywhere.
It’s good to see that vinyl music is become so popular again with many artists releasing new and past albums on vinyl. In fact, some bands are issuing their music on vinyl only. This trend has created new jobs and brought to life record stores, record manufacturers and all involved supplying their needs. Long may it continue!
How do you listen to your music? What formats do you prefer? Please leave a comment in the box below.