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Vinyl And Other Options

March 9, 2013

This week, I would just like to talk about how we, people, have been listening to music. This is not about musical quality of different bands or musical tastes. I just want to talk about how our medium of listening to music has come to develop in a better way. I am talking about the audio files we listen to them.

Back in the day, besides of course radio, the mean of listening to music was to put a vinyl record in a record player, put down a needle, and start listening to music. There is not anything wrong with this way of listening to music; I enjoy playing vinyl myself. But the problems with that way are that the music was not permanent. What do I mean by this? Here is a video I took at the library in KCOU.

If you cannot tell by the video, the record is scratched, warped, cracked and virtually unplayable. Frankly, I think it sounds like it would sound like if you put Oscar the Grouches’ trash can on a record player.

Scratches on a vinyl record can come about by playing the record.

Next, there is the 8-track and cassette. Again, damage such as tearing, and unwinding can occur for various different reasons. It was one of the first non radio ways to have portable music, whether it was a portable cassette player or in a car.

The CD is interesting because it was theoretically the first way to have “permanent” music, pending you don’t leave the disc out of its case in various places. Except for some extraneous circumstances, you can’t really damage a CD by simply playing it in a player.

Now, we have portable .mp3 players and are able to have those files on our computers. Unless you delete the file, or if something happens to your hard drive, you should be able to keep the music you have. It can’t be damaged by playing it. Not only that, the files you have are easier to back up because you could have the digital version on multiple devices (from Life Hacker) to back up your music. To back up other forms, such as vinyl or cassette, you actually have to rerecord it to back it up on CD’s or computer devices.

Putting on vinyl is fun, but just keep in mind the ability to keep the music you love when talking about different mediums of music.

Rock question of the week:

What is your favorite way to listen to music?

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