Growing up in the 00's coincided with the escalating popularity of iTunes and the gradual phasing out of physical music sales. No doubt, digital music sales and distribution has been highly beneficial to the world in a number of ways, such as helping indie artists like Arctic Monkeys emerge into the scene. Despite this, the experience of using a tactile object to play music remained incomparable to that of a digital format.
For me, the feeling associated with playing vinyl makes purchasing music in this form a worthwhile investment. These are my top reasons as to what is solely unique and enjoyable about records:
1. That vintage sound.
A bit of snap, crackle and pop adds to the listening experience. Why not enhance the sound further by getting some more scratches in your records from using them as a frisbee?
2. Large cover art.
Vinyl is not only enjoyable to listen to; it also looks great. HD cover art allows you to see the full thing up close without having to squint at your phone screen. Furthermore a set of vinyl displayed in a row on a shelf can look great.
3. Free digital download & bonus tracks.
So far, a large amount of the modern vinyl records I have bought have included a download card for the digital version of the album. My vinyl reissue of Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory also came with the full album in digital format, as well as B-sides, demos and live recordings. Thus, you are effectively getting two formats for the price of one.