Vinyl vs Digital

In the last 20 years we’ve seen huge advancements in music technology. If you were to ask a DJ active in the 80s and 90s, they’ll tell you that DJs today have it easy. To be a DJ at Bagleys, The Cross or The Key you needed more than just a good sense of music.  You needed to practise your skills, match BPMs and pre-empt what records to bring before you even enter the club, to move that crowd.

So what’s better – Digital or Vinyl? Surely any DJ worth his salt would say that the ease which advanced technology brings to the trade would means digital would take the win? Wrong. Many DJs disagree….  Both have their positives and it really just depends on the DJ and what they value more.

Digital

The ultimate advantage of going digital is the convenience. You could store your whole music collection on one hard drive and all you need to take with you is a laptop. There is less weight and there is less to worry about.

Money is always good, and by going digital you save yourself a fair bit of money. To put things into perspective a vinyl edition of Drake’s 2018 album ‘Scorpion’ is going for £19.99 at HMV online whereas it is only £5.99 on iTunes and £7 for the CD on Amazon. By the time you would have collected all of the music you wanted on vinyl you would have spent a fortune. And that is if it is even available on vinyl…

Vinyl

Vinyl can be tricky… it is prone to damage, leaving the possibility of an embarrassing scratch across the speakers.  Record boxes can also weigh a ton!

Since CDs were invented there has been a continued debate over which sounds better and I’ve just got to hand it to Vinyl. Whatever you’re listening to the music on you will always lose some of the quality along the way. Many consider vinyl to be ‘lossless’ meaning that nothing is lost when it is being pressed, leaving you with the music the way it was intended for you to listen to it.

Vinyl is an experience from buying to listening. It cannot be replaced. It holds its worth and in some cases increases over time.  This popularity is showcased in the sheer numbers being purchased year on year (over 10 million sold US in 2018) But how long with this continue?

“Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.” Jack White Head Singer of The White Stripes