Speaking of vinyl....last weekend I bought my first turntable in years (or dare I say, decades!
), so that I could transfer my old collection to iTunes (I have about 400 discs or so, half of it being my parents' oldies...) Which leads me to an odd conclusion (well not so odd in fact): while I've never been one of those "vinyl sounds better" militants, I enjoy CDs and the ability to access music online whenever I want and listen to it on my iPhone just like everyone else - there is something special about putting these things on the platter and let the needle do its thing, about the feeling of "owning" an album in a tangible way, like it's an actual piece of art that has been carefully crafted and packaged. At the same time, my 12 y.o daughter discovered a new way of listening to music (and appreciating it). With a vinyl you just don't skip to "the good parts" every 30 secs, you actually listen, you pay attention to the whole piece, and you appreciate it even more, and you have to take good care of the disc itself. She truly digs it!
Me I've just rediscovered an old pleasure that I thought was long gone. If I had to make a comparison, it would be like going to the theater (a good one that is) to see a movie - while I truly love Blu-ray and enjoy my HT every day, going to the theater is still something unique. And when I listened to Creeping Death on my old Ride The Lightning LP, it was something unique too.
I'm sure I certainly won't go and buy everything on vinyl from now on, that would be a bit silly imo, but there are a few albums I definitely want - like the special anniversary edition of Dark Side Of The Moon to begin with, or even MJ's Thriller, some landmark albums... I'm most definitely glad I bought this turntable, and glad my daughter, born in the facebook era of futilities, has found a new way of enjoying her music.
....Now where did I put these Maidens, Helloween and Manowar albums?!?!