Why I Choose To Buy Music Records Even In The Age Of Spotify
If you drop by my house, there is one classic phenomenon that will catch your attention: a generous collection of records that takes up one of the corners in my living room. You see, I have been acquiring these amazing products for ten years now.
Even my bank accounts and shelves say it all. In fact, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be somewhere around $15,000. I would say that I may be spending around $50 to $200 each month on records alone.
What is more, I have a subscription to Spotify premium that goes for $10. Such a subscription offers me a chance to access a huge collection of records that are available on the shelves. And you know, both the analog and digital ones interest me a lot, and I listen to all of them.
You may find it a bit awkward that I spare a lot of finances on these old mediums instead of making use of my Spotify account, which, to many, can be amazingly convenient. Here is why I would kill for these collections.
To begin, I have to say that a record offers me such a connection, something that I value the most. And the thing is, vinyl offers such a physical experience that you need. Essentially, records have music imprinted on them. In fact, you can hear the music itself coming out of the record itself, especially when your stereo is off.
What is more, the record can carry so much music on one side. Typically, an ordinary vinyl record has the potential to hold at least 22 minutes of sound. If you have to keep listening, you may need to flip the record over all the time. Turntables are not transferable, and so if you have to change your record, you may need to be close to your record play; something that brings connectedness.
It may not be an easy thing to make out the lyrics of the record. You need to pay close attention to the music. For me, I feel that I’m more engaged when listening on my records than when listening on the Spotify on my car.
It is amazing to listen to the records. There is something that is unique when it comes to playing records on the turntables that has great styles. And more essentially, you get immense satisfaction when you have to flip through a collection of records to find the type that you want – unlike what you call the search bar on your Spotify.
And I would say this: a sizeable collection of records can do great things with your credibility. I have essentially become a self-made music guru, and this gives me self-esteem. In fact, these music records have given great affirmations such as “you are valuable,” you are loved, “and you have a great record collection.”