It has never been easier to find and listen to the music you love, especially online.
Music streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer abound, and you can even find a lot of music on video sharing sites like YouTube.
So even though vinyl records have been making a bit of a comeback, you might be wondering why you would even want to start a collection of your own.
If you’re on the fence, here are several reasons you might enjoy vinyl.
Because Of The Experience
You can hold a record, but you can’t hold a digital file. Records are substantial in size, and this means liner notes can be more extensive, and album art can be more detailed. This is one of the elements many people appreciate about records.
The analog listening experience is also a little different than its digital counterpart, though if you’re a casual listener, you probably won’t notice it or appreciate it quite as much.
And sometimes, depending on the mastering of the album, listening to a record isn’t that much different than listening to a CD. Moreover, you need a good quality turntable for that difference to be noticeable.
But if you want to enjoy your favorite albums in a special way, records can certainly offer that opportunity.
Because Vinyl Tends To Hold Its Value
Records can retain their value, and sometimes even appreciate in value in the secondary market. By contrast, you can’t sell digital files, and CDs tend to hold no value whatsoever over the long term.
A record collection can be worth something. You should not view collecting records as a way to make money or a way to get rich, but it’s nice to know that you can sell or trade for other records if you need to or want to.
Because It’s Fun!
Some people like to go fishing. Others like to play sports. Still others enjoy shuffleboard. To each his own, right?
In the same way, collecting records could be your thing. It gives you something to do, something to look forward to, and something to search for when you’re out and about.
There’s nothing wrong with hitting “shuffle” on your iPod and letting your device choose the next track for you. But listening to a record requires more attention and commitment. Once it’s on, it’s on, and you’re there to listen.
You get to appreciate the sequencing of the music, the specific way in which it was ordered and organized by the artist, producer, or both. This can be a pretty amazing experience when you’re listening to a well-crafted album.
Is collecting records for everyone? Absolutely not.
There are many different ways to enjoy music, though purists often insist that the vinyl experience is hard to match, even in spite of the “pops” and crackles.
If you really enjoy music, and you like listening to entire albums to experience a particular artist’s creative process and artistic vision, then collecting and listening to vinyl would likely appeal to you. Those who have a deeper appreciation of music often find value in vinyl.