Sales figures for vinyl have soared in recent years, and for good reason. More and more people are beginning to understand the essential differences between music played on such a medium and a simple mp3.
We seem to have generally stopped listening to whole albums as we used to. Why? Because it’s so much easier to be able to instantly call up your favorite song or listen to a playlist of your potential favorites.
With a vinyl record, it’s possible to skip to a song just by locating the right groove on the record. This almost forces you to listen to an entire album, hearing the songs in the order the artist wanted. This can give a special flow to the music.
A single vinyl record can last around 15 to 20 minutes on each side, going up to a maximum of 22 minutes.
What else vinyl gives you
Of course, to better understand why you should listen to music on vinyl, you need to have a quality pickup or some good, clear-sounding headphones.
Vinyl, in itself, is a much more complex experience than it seems at first glance, transcending the barriers of music.
Beyond the “oldschool” sound it gives you (yes, I’m talking about that playback that’s imprinted far beyond your ears, straight into your soul), you get another benefit: you can touch the record, you can smell it – as bizarre as that sounds, it matters more than you think.
Plus, on some of them, the cover artwork is so well done that you get to spend hours in front of it, trying to study it and understand its hidden messages.
Of course, in the end, it’s a matter of taste.