|Jack White in his Third Man Records' store|
The Compact Disc, or CD, was eventually introduced in the early 1980's, which noted the decline of vinyl records in the mainstream market. Every musician/band's work can be found on a CD, whether or not they died before it's existence. This made the CD more universal for listeners, with each consumer buying a walkman or CD player. It's simple and basic, with every home having a stereo player, and every car with a CD player. Over the last decade, the Compact Disc's popularity declined in the mainstream, as the focus emphasised on a new fad: digital.
|Vinyl Records: A huge hit in recent years|
But with every new change we have rebellion. And with many people not following the trend of MP3, MPEG4 etc., bring back the golden oldie: vinyl. Record Store Day is huge across the globe, taking place on certain dates in certain areas each year, and is always a massive success for each record store. Admittedly, I myself love vinyl. I love it's feel, the crackle it makes when playing, and seeing the all important album work blown up. Although maybe just a new fetish, it's hard to imagine how the medium of music could develop on past being invisible. As a huge music lover, I take pride in certain bands or albums that I listen to, so I always feel the need to have them on some form of physical format.
Is this the future of music? Being invisible? It's a little sad, and I'm not even a musician! I can only imagine what the current greats are thinking of our generation, their fans, who don't even know what analog recording is. What do you think? Are you a vinyl or CD lover, or binge on your MP3's?