Why I Still Buy Music In The Spotify Age
If you drop by my house, there is one classic phenomenon that will catch your attention: a generous collection of records that takes up one of the corners in my living room. You see, I have been acquiring these amazing products for ten years now.
And this is something that you can prove, not only on my shelves but also on my bank account. Indeed, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be a staggering $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 a subscription offers me a chance to access a huge collection of records that are available on the shelves. And I do listen to all of them – I do not care whether they are analog or digital.
It may surprise you that I have to spend such amount of funds on outdated mediums when I can already find the pleasure that I need on my Spotify account.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. Indeed, if you are keen, you can always hear the music coming out of the record, especially when the record is not on.
In addition to that, the record has the potential to carry so much music on one side. Typically, one side of the vinyl record can hold 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.
It may not be an easy thing to make out the lyrics of the record. You need to pay close attention to the music. For me, I feel that I’m more engaged when listening on my records than when listening on the Spotify on my car.
It is cool 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 essentially, you get immense satisfaction when you have to flip through a collection of records to find the type that you want – unlike what you call the search bar on your Spotify.
Here is the thing: a sizeable record collection can offer you exceptional credibility so to speak. I have essentially become a self-made music guru, and this gives me self-esteem. In fact, these music records have given great affirmations such as “you are valuable,” you are loved, “and you have a great record collection.”
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