Why I Still Buy Music In The Spotify Age
Of all the things that are striking in my house, the huge record collections that occupy a corner of my room is the most conspicuous. You see, collecting these records is what I have been doing for the past ten years now.
And this is something that you can prove, not only on my shelves but also on my bank account. In fact, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be somewhere around $15,000. I would say that I may be spending around $50 to $200 each month on records alone.
On top of that, I spend $10 on Spotify premium every month as well. Such a subscription allows me to take advantage of the great collection of the 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.
Perhaps, you might wonder why I spend money on these outdated mediums instead of utilizing great products on my Spotify account. Here is why I treasure such collection of records.
First, having a record gives me that connection that I need to music itself. You see, vinyl is a physical experience. 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. Typically, an ordinary vinyl record has the potential to hold at least 22 minutes of sound. If you have to keep listening, you may need to flip the record over all the time. 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.
You may not find it an easy thing to figure out what the player says. 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 essentially, there is a great sense of satisfaction when you have to flip through the many records and locate the type that you want – unlike 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, I have had to express great affirmations to myself: “you are valuable,” “you are loved,” “and you have a remarkable record collection.