There’s no better feeling than coming home after a long day, sitting down and listening to your favorite album but I’ve noticed one thing as of late: It’s becoming a growing trend between music listeners of all ages to sink their money into intangible objects, things that don’t exist. Sure it’s easy to spend $0.99 on the latest single from your favorite artists, or pay $10 a month to stream almost every song ever, but where’s the fun in that? For me, there’s only one truly fun way to listen to music.
The vinyl record industry sold over $1 billion dollars worth of albums in 2018, Yes you read that correctly, 1 billion dollars worth of albums in 2018, not 1988, that was a 260% increase since 2009. Today, only 47 record pressing plants exist in the entire world, but as the trend continues to grow and artists keep pressing their music on vinyl, that number is bound to increase.
Personally, it’s not a matter of whether your songs on iTunes sound better than the turntable in your parent’s basement, so much as that having a record, a physical object is subjectively a better experience for the listener. I can say with complete certainty that to me personally, spinning a record on my turntable is a million times more fun than just playing a song on my laptop.
Having an album pressed on vinyl presents a much different opportunity for the artist creativity, whether it be the color of vinyl the record is pressed on, the artwork on the inner sleeve, the label, there is a million other pieces that the artist has control of that you just don’t get to see with a digital download.And while it’s quite obvious, Digital is here to stay, and its way more convenient on all fronts, but if I really want to “listen” to my music, I’ll sit down and spin a record any day.