12 Nov

Vinyl Records to Replace CD’s

Talk about irony. I remember (growing up in the 70’s and into the 80’s) music on TV selling on LP and cassette, even 8-track. But I also remember how that stopped once CD’s came out. No more 8-tracks (thankfully) and no more LP’s. Now, vinyl records could be what replaces CD’s.

Vinyl has been making a comeback. Amazon now has an option to search for vinyl, as well as CD and MP3, for records and record players. Although the Consumer Electronics Association said that only about 100,000 turntables were sold in 2004, Numark (DJ equipment) sold more than that to DJ’s alone. So somebody’s not getting their numbers straight.

Many stores can’t even keep record players in stock anymore. Vinyl is coming back. Many people want MP3’s when they are out for their iPods and Zunes, but when they are home, most people know that MP3’s just don’t sound that great, so they want records for their home stereo.

Many artists say that the vinyl is the true release of the album. Wired.com says:

“For many of us, and certainly for many of our artists, the vinyl is the true version of the release,” said Matador’s Patrick Amory. “The size and presence of the artwork, the division into sides, the better sound quality, above all the involvement and work the listener has to put in, all make it the format of choice for people who really care about music.”

That is why vinyl records are on the rise. The artists themselves see the vinyl record as the way to listen to their music. After all, they put a lot of work and emotion into the music, they want it to sound as good as possible.

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