Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Why Vinyl Is Definitively Better Than Any Other Format
After several decades of being virtually absent from the music recording scene, vinyl records are making a huge comeback. Until recently, vinyl records were mostly in the purview of collectors as well as hip-hop and electronic dance music artists who ply their trade as purists. These days, however, vinyl records are making a passionate return to music stores, and listeners are rediscovering what makes this recording format so endearing.
Here are five reasons why vinyl is the best format for listening enjoyment:
1 – The Rich Vinyl Experience
There is more to playing vinyl records than just listening. When a new 12-inch long play album is pressed, the music label usually invests generously in the packaging for the benefit of record buyers. Vinyl sleeve artwork tends to be elaborate and attractive; in fact, album covers and back covers can often double as wall decoration. Double vinyl albums are special treats; they often include goodies such as interesting liner notes, lyrics sheets, photos, stickers, and stories. There’s something very special about taking the record out of the sleeve, placing in on the turntable and dropping the needle; waiting for one side of the record to finish before flipping it over is a very engaging experience that brings listeners closer to their favorite music.
2 – The Record Store Experience
One of the better news about vinyl’s return is that music fans are going back to record stores. The experience of spending hours at a record store and wandering through the aisles is something that has been lost in the MP3 and iTunes era. Even though online music stores have done their best to integrate social media features to their websites, such efforts are no match for the social experience of talking to music shoppers, getting opinions, discovering new music, and making friends.
3 – Enriching Your Taste in Music
Vinyl records may be enjoying a renaissance, but not all artists are rushing to issue their music on this lovable format. Going to a vinyl record store to look for the latest Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande single is an exercise in futility. Musicians who release their stuff exclusively on vinyl are more in tune with the underground, and they don’t usually follow formulas that will place them on the Top 40 hit parade. The production work involved in releasing an album on vinyl is a labor of love when compared to purely digital versions.
4 – The Digital Bonus
When music shoppers purchase new vinyl records, they are often pleasantly surprised to find a digital freebie inside the sleeve. Arcade Fire, Daft Punk and Jack White are some of the artists who are known to include courtesy digital downloads of the vinyl albums they release. In fact, online retail giant Amazon now extends its AutoRip service to vinyl records.
5 – Vinyl is Memorable and Tangible
There is more to vinyl records than just aesthetics and sonic warmth. Unlike audio streams and MP3 files, vinyl is tangible and can be passed down from one generation to another. There used to be a time when record collections were mentioned in the last will and testament of music lovers who wanted their heirs to enjoy music as much as they did in life. Unlike digital music files, vinyl records tend to evoke nostalgia and can bring catharsis when they are dusted off and played again after years in storage.
Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.