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Vinyl never dies

February 23, 2007

Vinyl pellets before being process into a discAfter decades of existence and competition with modern music medium (cds, mp3…), the vinyl industry is still standing. And this is due to passion of certain people to the warmth and analog tone of music played on a vinyl. There are still a standard in DJing as well, for scratching, mixing and blending.

Nashville’s United Record Pressing (www.urpressing.com) has been manufacturing vinyl for over 40 years and is today the biggest producer with an average of 40.000 discs pressed everyday.

Vinyl will always be a vintage and stylish object, as well as a very lively way to listen to music with its little cracks and its “round sound”. Modern music medium may be easier to distribute and share but they will never replace the pleasure of having a vinyl in your hand and playing it. Vinyl are much more valuable than cd for the reason I’ve stated but also because you can’t reproduce it yourself, they are unique piece of art.

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2 comments

  1. That’s interesting. Personally, I buy, collect and value vinyl, and I listen to and own a lot of digital music — but I don’t value CDs at all. In my mind, they’re just buckets to carry music home in, and as soon as they’re on the computer, I can throw them away, give them to a friend or take them down the local Oxfam.

    But records don’t have to be exempt from the online world — and there’s money to be made helping people source, consume and organise records.

    You might want to look at http://www.gemm.com — which is a global online marketplace for physical music products, particularly vinyl. And there’s a very successful USB turntable on the market that will convert your records to mp3.

    Perhaps you could have a think about ways in which people can use the online environment to organise their own vinyl collections, or interact with those of others.

    Wouldn’t it be great to have a Bookcrossings.com of records?


  2. The idea of a web site gathering people vinyl collection is good but I am trying to think how you could make a profit out of it.
    I thought that vinyl owners could convert their records in mp3 with a USB turntable like you said and share them online. This way, you could download (after paying a fee, like for mp3 on iTunes) some recording which are nearly impossible to purchase on vinyl.
    But there is the copyright issue. How could we make a profit on managing music that we don’t own, is there a arrangement to make between the artwork owner and the web site which would be profitable for both?



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