Why I Choose To Buy Music Records Even In The Age Of Spotify
If you walk into my home, you are more likely to notice one thing: a tremendous collection of records that goes as high as the wall. You see, I have been acquiring these amazing products for ten years now.
And this is something that is evident on both my shelves and also on my bank accounts. 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.
In addition to that, I usually spend at least $10 each month on Spotify premium. Such subscription offers me an opportunity to access the entire collection of records on my shelves. And I do listen to all of them – I do not care whether they are analog or digital.
Perhaps, you might wonder why I spend money on these outdated mediums instead of utilizing great products on my Spotify account. Here is why I would do anything to find these records.
First, having a record gives me that connection that I need to music itself. You see, vinyl is a physical experience. Essentially, records have music imprinted on them. Indeed, you will always hear the music being extracted from the record, particularly when your stereo isn’t on.
Additionally, when fully utilized, the record can accommodate a lot of music. Typically, one side of the vinyl record can hold at least 22 minutes of sound. If you have to keep on listening to the music, you may need to walk to the record player and flip it over. 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.
You may not find it an easy thing to figure out what the player says. It is essential that you pay close attention to the music. Personally, I tend to be more engaged when listening to the records than I ever would be when listening on Spotify on my car.
It is cool listening to the records. There is an amazing feeling that comes with the aesthetics of the turntables. And more essentially, there is a great sense of satisfaction when you have to flip through the many records and locate the type that you want – unlike 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 become some music guru in my circles, something that gives me a high self-esteem. In fact, I have had to express great affirmations to myself: “you are valuable,” “you are loved,” “and you have an amazing collection of records.