Vinyl v. Digital

There are many pros and cons to both vinyl and digital music, and even with the faults of both many people fall right in between for which is their favorite.

Emma DiCoio, Reporter

Mainstream vinyl died in the late 80s and was finally snuffed out in the early 2000s. Now, it is making a comeback. Personally, I have a collection of vinyl both gifted to me by my parents and purchased with my own money. Though I must say, the album was a whopping 20 dollars, compared to when they were first being sold for around four bucks. 

I enjoy vinyl much more than digital music, partly because I have a surround sound system in my room which makes the experience much more pleasant. I understand that access to vinyl has become much more expensive than they were in the past, which is disappointing when you want to start a collection. However, there is something to be said about the organic sound from vinyl that digital doesn’t have. Many people who prefer the sound of vinyl describe it as a warm sound. Vinyl sounds to be so much closer to the artist than digital music, and it could be because there wasn’t any autotune available during the height of vinyl. There was no digital modification, as the only way to splice together songs were for the musicians to play them again. The cracks and pops from vinyl with wear and tear also make the piece much more organic. 

Putting on a record is also something to be enjoyed. The tangible form of music held in your hands, where else could you have music in your hands? I know that there are still CDs, but you can see the grooves carved to create the sound that erupts from the disc when played on a player. Plus, CDs can hold a lot more than just music.

A major con to vinyl, however, is the upkeep. Taking care of vinyl is a very involved process. Many things can ruin a record: dust and dirt can create scratches, not storing it correctly can warp your records, even the static from the paper sleeves can hurt the delicate record. Holding a record incorrectly can also hurt your vinyl. The grooves on a record should not be touched unless with cleaning supplies.  All these and more just add to the cost to vinyl. 

The digital universe of music, however, lends its own pros. Digital streaming is easily accessible to anyone who has a phone or other electronic device. Digital music is also much less expensive than analog. In audio quality, digital ranks higher in just the sense of listening. There is rarely a song you can’t find through streaming apps. You can also listen to live versions of songs or find the most obscure album from an artist. 

Although both vinyl and digital have their own pros and cons, it is ultimately up to the listeners’ personal taste in audio quality. I implore you to listen to both vinyl and digital music before making your own decision about the debate that has been ongoing since the birth of digital music.