Vinyl records have come back in style. In fact, millions of people have been picking up these wax based audio releases. A lot of arguments have been brewing on the internet about why. There are a lot of factors that can be considered. Even though some may find some reasons obvious, others will point towards the hipster movement. One thing is for sure, the struggling independent record stores of the past, are starting to revitalize based solely on new and used recordings on this option. Looking at the following reasons, you will see why this is not just a trend.
It Is Cost Effective
Digital libraries fade away, when hard drives crash. Compact discs are nothing more than coasters for people. But a large format LP? That is a tangible commodity that can cost you less than some of the releases in mp3 formatting. Not only that, you can get a download code, compact disc, and the wax pressing for less than what it used to cost to just purchase the album straightway. Not only that, buying used or vintage releases can be quite inexpensive, and as low as 99 cents in many cases. Just one look through any major independent retailer that stocks new and used options will give you blasts from the past at a low price. The luxury of digging through crates is no longer just for DJ’s it’s for anyone.
It Sounds Better (At Least In Theory)
It doesn’t sound better based on wavelength. However, audiophiles will argue about how it is a perfect way to listen to music. It may be nostalgia, it may be a larger sound, or it may just be that mp3 standards are so awful and truncated that when someone hears vinyl recordings, they are impressed. There are certain nuances that listeners cite on classic music offerings that are losses in digital formatting. It’s arguable whether or not it’s perfection, is a matter of the listener’s opinion.
In the end, it looks great. Large format artwork, in most cases colored vinyl, and a physical item to cherish. There is just something compelling about holding a physical item that screams out that you love music. Whether you are digging in crates for some classic hip hop, or you have purchased the latest 180 gram vinyl remaster, there is no doubt that you are a person that loves music enough to pay money to get it. Try pirating a vinyl record, try sharing it and copying it, and you will see that this format is truly for lovers of music.
There are countless other reasons why vinyl records are becoming popular again. Last year alone, they sold millions upon millions of copies. Not only are new releases coming out in the format, the classics are getting redone, and put out in limited options. You may not agree with this sentiment, but they aren’t making a comeback, since they never left.