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Do You Care About Owning Music on Vinyl?

Recently, I saw that one of my favorite bands, the Magnetic Fields, would be releasing its full catalog on 12-inch vinyl records. I do actually own a record player, and yet I still couldn't decide if I really cared about hearing all the Fields' songs on vinyl rather than on the CDs I already have.

Some people are purists and believe that music just sounds better on vinyl. Others are totally content with hearing songs on CD or MP3. What about you? Are you a vinyl lover, or are you just fine with your albums coming in other forms?


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i have a record player, but not the right "connector" to hook it up to my stereo, so the sound isn't as great as it could be. i actually have tons of vinyl - all really great albums that my friend/roommie and I picked up when we lived in many memories of buying all of it! still, i think we'll sell it all and the player because it takes up a lot of room and we don't listen to it often (because of the annoyance of connecting it)...and when we move across the country in 2 years it'll be too much of a hassle to move the heavy boxes of records. sad. but - what to do?
Home Home 9 years
I agree that the sound is just stellar on vinyl. I also love the ritual of flipping through all of our records, sliding the record out of the sleeve, and putting it on the turntable. Also, the artwork is so much cooler to look at it when it's on a record!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I really want to buy a record player and own some vinyls. I recently stashed my old stereo in the closet so now I just have my Ipod stereo/alarm clock.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 9 years
the black crack is the way to go. delicious vinyl!
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 9 years
I don't think anything sounds as good as vinyl. We have a lot of LPs. Mostly stuff like Fleetwood MAC, Simon and Garfunkel, Heart, The Mamas and the Papas, The Eagles, etc.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
Vinyl was old news when I was a kid and I'm almost 30 now. ;)
linb linb 9 years
The only reason I would buy vinyl would be if it were valuable, or would increase in value. Or if I were creating some kind of craft or DIY home decor that used old records.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
The only vinyl I have are the records my parents gave me from when they were younger. I have some Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Janis Joplin...that kind of thing. I like busting them out occasionally, but I usually stick to mp3's or cds.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Vinyl = how music is supposed to sound. CDs are okay, but I generally only purchase them if I can't find the album or the price isn't reasonable. I cringe at the thought of mp3s.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
I actually bought a Fisher Price record player on Ebay recently, & I love it!! I started to scour thrift stores & garage sales for records and it's so much fun! I don't look for contemporary music though, I like to get "oldie" records like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkle....that type of music just sounds cooler on vinyl. I've got a prety cool collection now. =) But I still listen to my ipod too, can't beat the convenience of itunes!
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
I don't have any right now, but I would love to hear the MF's albums on vinyl records.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
I only have one vinyl and that is of The Doors performing live. It was that great moment in my life when I was walking through Greenwich Village with some friends and this small record shop was selling it. I also bought Wish you were here from Pink Floyd for my BF. They are in the plastic to keep as art pieces. My dad however, just recently installed a record player through his surround sound and we listen to Michael Jackson's thriller on that, which is quite fun :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I have an old record player in my room and going to buy records is way way more fun than downloading music.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Naah, I don't have room for a record player in my apartment, let alone those large albums! I could listen to Stephin sing the book of love all day.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have all my vinyl on my walls now framed. They are after all really good pieces of Art.
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