Why Do We Prefer Vinyl?
It might not be an age-old debate but it is one that is worth having now that mp3s are so easily accessible and vinyl seems to be making a comeback. It’s not just the hipsters who are opting for vinyl anymore either, people like myself have started to prefer the idea of buying vinyl albums rather than downloading a digital version.
Working on a music blog I get heaps of mp3s, soundcloud links, myspace links *shudder* and CDs sent through the post. This is ideal for me to quickly browse through them and decide what I like or don’t like, however I still want to be able to enjoy listening to music without skipping through the song to get to the main part.
Hence why I have gravitated towards buying the albums that I love to listen to in full on vinyl; it means the music is no longer background music and I feel like buying it on vinyl makes it worth more. I like to get an album that is tangible with an album sleeve that I can browse through and it is vinyl that does this so well. Plus it sounds much cooler than an mp3 let’s face it!
Why Do We Prefer MP3?
Having said that, there is no way I could live without mp3s and ipods. Aside from the point I made about my job as a blogger, I also like to go on bike rides and travel around the world… I’m quite sure I’m not likely to see anyone with a record player attached to themselves in these situations. So for home comfort, raw sound quality and aesthetics I would opt for vinyl and a record player. For ease of use, low cost and availability then mp3s are the clear winner. Apple has now made it even harder to resist using digital music with the new ipod nano which offers 16GB capacity for storing music, photos and video. It also now has touch screen, a video camera, FM radio and a pedometer, all packed into a 1.5” LCD screen!
It is quite obvious that technology will continue to evolve at a fast pace and I can see a time where our ipods will be the size of a pinhead and will play music based on our moods… whether that is a good idea or not I don’t know!
Will Digital Music Ever Replace Vinyl?
Much like the way digital books will never fully replace paper books, I don’t think vinyl will ever disappear, as it is still far too popular with artists and fans. Don’t worry, the luxury is you don’t have to choose between vinyl and mp3!