People are buying records again. Remember records? Those long-playing vinyl discs encased in paper sleeves and lightweight cardboard? For a long time it seemed the advent of digital music would overtake and replace our old friend, vinyl, but the opposite has proven to be the case. Vinyl is selling at a hot clip right now and sales are picking up, not dropping off.
Why do people love vinyl records when they are so easily damaged, they take up tons of space and you can't even play them in the car? Audiophiles say you can't get the same depth and richness of sound from digital recordings. Fans say they've missed the liner notes on the backs of LPs that helped them get to know the artists. Collectors claim digital music will never be worth as much as vinyl.
Perhaps not surprisingly, for me it's the nostalgia. It's the feel of the record in my hand, the smell of the aging sleeve and the sound of the pop and hiss of a needle traveling across the grooves in the vinyl disc. I still love my MP3 player, but when I want to listen to something that takes me back to the old days, vinyl is the only thing that will do!