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Vinyl Albums, Then & Now

By • Sep 4th, 2013 • Category: Guest posts

When we think of vinyl records, we tend to have a lot of so-called “old school” associations.

When you think of specific records, it’s likely that your mind first jumps to famous releases like The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” various albums from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, and even Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and it’s with good reason. These are some of the most popular albums of all time, and define the age of vinyl in historical context. And because these albums were released on vinyl, there is a certain collectible value to them that makes their era stand out even more.

Of course, at the time of these releases, vinyl was simply the most personal and portable way that people listened to music. Without computers, iPods, or even CD players for a time, vinyl was the preferred method, and that meant that a home turntable was just about a necessary feature if one wanted to play fantastic music like that on the albums listed previously. However, the spread of more advanced, and more convenient means of listening to music has not meant the death of vinyl – on the contrary, in recent years we’ve seen something of a surge in vinyl popularity, which is a welcome development for true music enthusiasts and historians alike.

The fact is, despite the undeniable convenience and flexibility of digital music streaming methods, there are legitimate arguments to be made that the quality of vinyl is still superior. Click here to read a few. Never mind the aesthetic satisfaction of owning a record sleeve and collecting vinyl discs (though this is certainly a factor for many people). The truth is, many music enthusiasts will tell you that a vinyl record actually sounds better than music streamed digitally or through a CD player.

This is why we’re now seeing a range of modern turntables sold in electronics stores. For example, at My Smart Buy you’ll find a number of selections for USB turntables that not only play vinyl, but can transfer it into digital form to offer you music on the go when you aren’t at home. For comparisons of different models and features of these dynamic modern turntables, click here.

Another modern feature we’re seeing to accommodate vinyl records in today’s music scene is that new age vinyl is often sold with digital download codes included. Like USB turntables, this concept is designed to offer you the quality and aesthetic satisfaction of vinyl without sacrificing the convenience of having your music stored digitally for use on the go.

Ultimately, it seems that despite technological advancements, vinyl appears to be here to stay. From Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” to Biffy Clyro’s “Opposites”, etc., the most popular modern albums can still be purchased in vinyl, offering you the quality of the classics with the sound of new age artists.

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