Record Store Geek

Seven Reasons Vinyl Really Is Better Than CDs

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See also: - Record Store Geek: A Beatles Refresher Course for Pups and Middle-aged Rookies. - Record Store Geek: Five Statements Guaranteed to Annoy Music Critics.

Different Levels of My Music Collection

As I said last week, this whole conversation is about buying and collecting music.

If you don't collect, than it's not for you. Fire up Spotify or Pandora, turn on the radio or a digital TV music station, or use one of the countless other options and listen (for free) until your heart is content.

So from this point on, I'll assume you are a collector. I'll also assume you have some sort of "collection strategy."

My strategy allows me to write two seemingly conflicting blog posts about the superiority of both CDs and vinyl. Allow me to explain.

Above all, it's about the music rather than the delivery method, and in that sense, it's a great time to be a fan (which is why Kids Today are musically spoiled rotten.) My opinion is that the best way to take advantage of the environment is to embrace it all. That means having a mixture of CDs, LPs, and digital files.

Here's how the three delivery options fit into my strategy:

I do have some music that's only in my computer.

Being in the industry for almost 30 years, I've never done much downloading (not because of RIAA fear but because I've always had an abundant amount of music available to me), so mainly it's CDs I obtained, ripped, and then traded. The primary reason: The music didn't strike my fancy, but I wanted to keep the files in case my tastes changed.

(I don't have to do this anymore, because now I can test on Spotify and YouTube; I don't even have to obtain an album if I don't like it.)

However, if I only have a file, I don't even consider the album part of my collection. I do consider most of my iTunes library part of my collection (the convenient part), but only the stuff I have on CD. After all, if something is really worth pulling out and listening to, it's worth buying for the collection.

With that clarified, when I buy an album, it's gonna be on CD, because I believe every word I wrote last week's column.

CDs are the most important part of my collecting strategy. Nearly every album I own is on CD. Not every one has been ripped, so my CD collection is considerably larger than its digital counterpoint.

So where does that leave vinyl?

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