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Digital VS. Analogue. Ipod VS. Turntable. Lame VS. Cool

By Archives October 28, 2008

With the advent of mp3s and digital music, vinyl has faded into obscurity. Or so you thought. The truth of the matter is that it has not, at all. Despite the fact that many major labels have stopped pressing vinyl releases in the last five years, vinyl records remain in circulation. Many people forget that vinyl is the oldest music media format – originating in the mid 19th century.
With the switch from vinyl to cassette (remember mix tapes?), cassette to compact disc (remember mix CDs?), and more recently compact disc to digital release mp3s, those big round discs in your parents basement seem even more like relics from a bygone era. This may be true, but for many purists and music enthusiasts there is a quality in the vinyl format that cannot be replaced. For starters, let’s talk about the physicality – you can touch the vinyl, you can hear the cracks and pops, you can read the liner notes on the record sleeves and marvel at the cover art. With mp3s, there is no such tangibility, no feel, no visual aspect. They are files composed of ones and zeros, stored on your computer, flash drive or iPod-pretty boring, really.