The distribution of music has changed over the past few years from the vinyl record to the cassette tape, then on to CDs and DVDs and later on to MP3 format which finally transitioned into the streaming of music once cloud services become affordable and the internet became faster and cheaper.
While more people are starting to enjoy the benefits of digitally hosted music, some still like to purchase and collect physical recordings of music. In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence in the interest in vinyl records with sales picking up year on year.
Why do people buy vinyl records?
The first reason why vinyl records are selling like hotcakes is not because of the growth in hipsters, but it relates to the sound. Analogue recordings deliver music that comes across as better, warmer, and more “real” than that of digital or CD audio formats.
While the second reason relates to aesthetics. Since vinyl has this inherent physical beauty and substance that is attractive to collectors.
A Vinyl offers physical storage that digital downloads (zero material presence) or CDs, which more closely resemble everyday office supplies cannot match. The look of vinyl is always synonymous with music.
Additionally there sentimentality that comes from playing vinyl record albums – the ritual of pulling a record out of its sleeve, carefully placing it on the turntable, and focusing full attention on the act of listening to music one side at a time.
Even if you still mostly listen to music on your smartphone or computer, vinyl gives you the option of elevating the experience with your favourite albums.
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