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Will Vinyl Become Mainstream Again?

Discussion in 'The Musiquarium' started by EJLD4Ever, Jun 20, 2013.

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Will Vinyl Become Mainstream Again in the Future?

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  1. EJLD4Ever

    EJLD4Ever Animation Student

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    Many people think vinyl records are dead and never expect them to make a comeback--Au Contraire! Vinyl is still popular among audiophiles, DJs and enthusiasts, and many current releases are being offered on vinyl as well as CD's and MP3's. This vinyl renaissance has had me wondering--will vinyl's re-introduction make it mainstream again? IMO, yes. However, as with any "new" format, the re-introduction of vinyl will take many years for it to become mainstream again--it is mainly limited at this point in time to classical, jazz and certain kinds of rock/pop. It took nearly 15 years for CD's to become mainstream (with children's music invariably being the last genre the format would conquer) so the same can be expected for vinyl. What's your opinion?
     
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  2. Lord Dalek

    Lord Dalek Uncreative Hack

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    Probably not. Vinyl's really only appreciated by hipsters, audiophiles, and collectors these days and most consumers would thumb their noses at what is a format with several obvious drawbacks (its easier to damage, has rather erratic quality based off the country and year was made, bass roll-off, etc.).
     
  3. MDawg

    MDawg Nerfariously planning

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    Oddly enough, the local Target I was visiting the other day had a vinyl shelf in the store. It was just a few Beetles albums and I want to say one CCR release, but I was still surprised to see it exist in there.
     
  4. Angilasman

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    It's not gonna be totally mainstream - but vinyl has carved out a niche for itself. In the past few years vinyl records have popped up for sale in a bunch of stores.
     
  5. Shawn Hopkins

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  6. Daikun

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    Vinyl has only become recently popular as a novelty; that doesn't mean it's going to become mainstream again.
    We live in an age where we can stream or download music on the fly without a major loss of quality. Why would you want to leave that?
     
  7. Rick Jones

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    After the compact disc was dominated by the mp3, I can't imagine any form of physical media becoming mainstream in music again. Vinyl records probably won't go away 100 percent though but it will remain a niche item just as it was for 20 years.
     
  8. cognitofalcon

    cognitofalcon G'night evry' body!!

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    Because vinyl sounds awesome given a good player and a good set of speakers.
     
  9. BartWinkle

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    Don't think so.
     
  10. Shawn Hopkins

    Shawn Hopkins TZ Member of the Year 2013

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    It's true.

    Still not coming back, though.
     
  11. mumbo

    mumbo Look skyward

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    You may laugh at my portable vinyl record-playing backpack now, but before you know it, everyone will be wearing one!

    Seriously the convenience of digital music, namely iTunes, means physical media is more or less dead except for as a novelty or for music aficionados, etc. Hell I think even dedicated MP3 players are on the outs with everyone just sticking their music on their smartphones.
     
  12. Lord Dalek

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    Not necessarily. Still gotta deal with ye olde signal-noise ratio, bad pressings (which become far more frequent in the 70s and 80s), and the RIAA curve.
     
  13. SB20xx

    SB20xx Oooooh!
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    It will never go "mainstream" again, but there will always be a subset of music listeners who prefer vinyl over digital. So the market will always exist, just not for the majority.
     
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    Did vinyl once go the way with 8 tracks and cassette tapes and reel to reel tapes?
     
  15. EJLD4Ever

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    Au contraire--Vinyl never completely left the market. Although many big-name labels ceased vinyl production altogether by the early 90's, many labels, especially those associated with jazz and classical music, kept producing vinyl for audiophiles. And DJ's helped keep vinyl alive, which accounts for the fact that many recent pop singles are released on 45's and EP's (and even a few LP's).
     

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