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, I have had to collect these records for a decade now.
Even my bank accounts and shelves say it all. Indeed, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be a staggering $15,000. Personally, I would say that I spend around $50 to $200 a month on records.
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 to me, these items are quite interesting and charming – I would listen to all, whether digital or analog.
It may surprise you that I have to spend such amount of funds on outdated mediums when I can already find the pleasure that I need on my Spotify account. Here is why I would kill for these collections.
First, having a record gives me that connection that I need to music itself. And such vinyl records offer singular and physical experience. Records have music that is carved into them. In fact, you can hear the music itself coming out of the record itself, especially when your stereo is off.
In addition to that, the record has the potential to carry so much music on one side. Typically, an ordinary vinyl record has the potential to hold at least 22 minutes of sound. If you need to keep listening; you may need to walk to where the record player is and flip it over. Turntables are not transferable, and so if you have to change your record, you may need to be close to your record play; something that brings 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. For me, I feel that I’m more engaged when listening on my records than when listening on the 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, you get immense satisfaction when you have to flip through a collection of records to find the type that you want – unlike what you call the search bar on your Spotify.
Here is the thing: a sizeable record collection can offer you exceptional credibility so to speak. I have become a self-made music guru, something that offers me a sustainable 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.
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