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Why I Still Buy Music In The Spotify Age

If you walk into my home, you are more likely to notice one thing: a tremendous collection of records that goes as high as the wall. You see, I have been acquiring these amazing products for ten years now.

And this is something that you can prove, not only on my shelves but also on my bank account. In fact, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be somewhere around $15,000. I would say that I may be spending around $50 to $200 each month on records alone.

On top of that, I spend $10 on Spotify premium every month as well. Such subscription offers me an opportunity to access the entire collection of records on my 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It may surprise you that I have to spend such amount of funds on outdated mediums when I can already find the pleasure that I need on my Spotify account.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 do anything to find these records.

First, having a record gives me that connection that I need to music itself. You see, vinyl is a physical experience. Essentially, records have music imprinted on them. Indeed, if you are keen, you can always hear the music coming out of the record, especially when the record is not on.

What is more, the record can carry so much music on one side. In most cases, vinyl records can carry at least 22 minutes of sound. If you have to keep on listening to the music, you may need to walk to the record player 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. It is essential that you pay close attention to the music. Personally, I tend to be more engaged when listening to the records than I ever would be when listening on Spotify on my car.

It is amazing to listen to the records. There is something that is unique when it comes to playing records on the turntables that has great styles. And more importantly, you get a great satisfaction when you have to manually flip through the records to search for your favorite type – distinct from the common search bar on your Spotify.

And I would say this: a sizeable collection of records can do great things with your credibility. I have essentially become a self-made music guru, and this gives me self-esteem. In fact, I have had to express great affirmations to myself: “you are valuable,” “you are loved,” “and you have an amazing collection of records.