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 had to collect these records for a decade 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. Personally, I would say that I spend around $50 to $200 a month on records.
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.
It may surprise you that I have to spend such amount of funds on outdated mediums when I can already find the pleasure that I need on my Spotify account. 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.
Additionally, when fully utilized, the record can accommodate a lot of music. In most cases, vinyl records can carry at least 22 minutes of sound. If you need to keep listening; you may need to walk to where the record player is and flip it over. Turntables aren’t portable, and so you may need to be near your record player – and that is what brings about the sense of connectedness.
The sound may not offer you much convenience. You need to ensure that you are very keen on the music. Personally, I’m more engaged when listening to my records than when listening to Spotify on my car.
It can be awesome listening to the records. There is something that is unique when it comes to playing records on the turntables that has great styles. And more importantly, you get a great satisfaction when you have to manually flip through the records to search for your favorite type – distinct from the common search bar on your Spotify.
And this is my personal opinion: I know that a sizeable collection of records can do amazingly as far as your credibility. I have essentially become a self-made music guru, and this gives me 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.