In 2021, virtually all forms of media can be streamed. From movies created a century ago to sitcoms of the 90s, even music recorded decades ago has been converted for digital use. Any song can be located and played in seconds, often for free, and yet people to this day spend money on a plastic record that often has audible flaws, scratches, and collectively. can take up a lot of space.
The vinyl record has been a popular medium for listening to music for decades. While other media such as tape and CD have mostly disappeared, the record has remained relevant. People collect records for a number of reasons, although there are a few that stand out more than others.
In today’s world, records can be bought for next to nothing. Depending on the age and quality of a record, you can buy one for as little as a dollar. While there may be some flaws or issues with the record or its sleeve, it seems hard to argue that a dollar is not a good price no matter what is purchased. These dollar prices are also not limited to a limited number of sellers – these prices can be found at antique stores, flea markets, eBay, record stores, and more.
With records, there is also the satisfaction of discovering new music through what is called “crate digging” or searching for records by flipping through stacks of records in physical stores. While there is undoubtedly a lot of music to be found on streaming services, there is some satisfaction in owning and reviewing a record you’ve handpicked by examining the cover art and its condition. Although there is no longer a need for a hard copy of the music, the tangible music collection allows for a physical display of musical tastes.
As records have been made for over a century, there is a lot of history to the medium. There are records over a hundred years old that can be bought, like vinyl, for little or nothing. The older records are made of shellac. They are smaller and heavier than typical vinyl but are just as impressive.
In today’s world, âin-store exclusiveâ sales and records are no exception to the trend. Stores like Walmart, Target, and many more across the country have exclusives for artists of today and the past. This interactive trend allows record collectors to look forward to new releases, with typical releases offering some interesting variations with the disc color, other than the typical black.
While records and record collecting may be a hobby that started in the past, it has found a way back to a state of prosperity. Between the ability to hold a tangible piece of music and the easy access to discs, it’s clear why the disc has become popular again.