Why does anyone buy vinyl?
I was playing with some vinyl on a turntable today. Scratch scratch scratch. Hiss. Skip. Scratch. And it only plays music for about 22 minutes before you have to manually turn it over. Why are people still buying these things? There was a reason why people abandoned vinyl in the 1980s, with many people even re-buying their favorite vinyl on superior CD.
(And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, vinyl sales are said to be surging and will soon surpass sales of CDs if this trend continues. I know, it sounds crazy.)
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Someone will probably say that if you keep the vinyl and the stylus spotlessly free of dust, there’s no other dirt or god-forbid scratches on the vinyl, you have the highest quality turntable, the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then you might get superior sound from the vinyl.
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By the way, yes I’m aware that CDs, as a storage medium for music or anything else, have become obsolete. But if you’re unwilling to pirate your music because you are honest, then you will often find it’s less expensive to buy a used CD (which you can then rip into MP3s) than it is to buy the downloadable MP3s from Amazon.