Plastic discs are still 80% of the “market” or so they say. Still, between iTunes and pirating, the CD is finding shelf space to be increasingly difficult real estate to occupy. No one would argue that the CD is basically on its way out. But what industry insiders are saying is that even the days of the iPod are already numbered. They expect in the next season that streaming and subscriptions will replace all these formats.
I certainly enjoy all the convenience of our technology but lately I’ve been finding that I miss a physical product.
For starters I’ve realized that I’m much more likely to listen to a physical product than a digital one. A digital product can get lost on my hard drive. Not misplaced necessarily but often I forget to ever listen to it. This happens especially when I purchase lots of music at one time. The physical product is actually in my house/car and requires that I take notice of it.
Also I’ve noticed that I enjoy the music on a physical record more. This is because I actually have to pay attention to it. When the side is done I have to flip it over. This automatically requires more participation on my part. When you pay more attention you hear more and notice more of what is going on.
Beyond that, I like to feel like I have a piece of something. Especially when I really love a band. I’m the kind of guy who buys even albums he doesn’t like if they’re by one of my favorite artists just to own their whole body of work. Song “A” becomes more important when observed in the context of song “B, C and D”. Besides, some of my favorite songs are songs I didn’t like the first, second or third time I heard them.
I guess what I’m realizing is if I’m going to go with a physical product for all the above reasons, nothing is better than good old vinyl. Don’t get me wrong vinyl will never replace the new technologies in a commercial sense but it is making a comeback and I, for one couldn’t be more excited.
So 2 things for you:
1. Records vs Digital. Who’s king in your opinion?
2. What is the name of your favorite record store? I want to check it out when I’m in your hometown.