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Over the past couple weeks, CNN had asked iReporters to tell us why they still listen to vinyl records for a story we were writing about the outdated format. We wanted to know who was still keeping vinyl alive in an age of digital music.
In less than two weeks, we got 35 amazing and unique stories telling us what’s so great about vinyl and how the other, more recent music formats just don’t compare. We also got some great photos of the audiophiles with their favorite album.
One iReporter who really stood out was 14-year-old Caroline Grand from Mandeville, Louisiana. Grand started collecting vinyl a couple years ago when she found her mother’s and grandmother’s collection in her grandma’s attic, and last Christmas she got her first record player. Grand says she is the only one of her friends who listens to vinyl. She has tried to get her friend into it, “but she hasn’t caught on yet.”
At the young age of 14, Grand has a variety of genres represented in her collection including lots of classic rock and she claims she has already spent more money than she’s ever needed to building her collection.
Grand summed up what a lot of the iReporters were saying when she said, “I love the experience of listening to music in the exact format it was originally produced in, because I know that when the artist recorded the albums, they intended for them to be played on vinyl records, not flat MP3s.”
The story published yesterday, which was perfect timing considering today is officially Vinyl Record Day. iReport wants to thank everyone who participated. We could not have done it without your wonderful iReports.
And for those still wondering, I did get a record player last week and I love it!
Listening to old record albums that are my mothers, fathers, and my own bought from ebay is just a feeling i get that I am truly listening to something real. It is hard to explain but there is just so much fun placing a LP on a record player watching it spin and play. That Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is a great album to listen to but as far as favorites, I consider the roots of rock n roll to be the best time of music, along with Motown, Zepplin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Doors. Music was about created music, and now its mainly to have an image and nothing else.
WHY I WOULD STILL LISTEN TO VINYL...THATS CRAZY...YES...YES..YES THERES ALWAYS NEW..THE NEXT OR WHATS HERE TODAY WILL BE OUT DATED TOMARROW...BUT VINYL IS A TRUE MAJOR PART OF MUSIC HISTORY...I LOVE VINYL...LOVE IT...EVEN SOME OF MY SCRATCHY ONES...JUST TAKES YOU TO A DIFFERENT PLACE EVEN TIME...AND HOW FABULOUSLY SMART OF HERE TO LISTEN TO VINYL...MY MAN IS A COLLECTOR OF RARE GROOVES ON VINYL...AND ALSO A DJ...I COME FROM THE NIGHT CLUB UNDERGROUND...12" DANCE RECORD SCENE...AND A COMEDIAN...I LOVE VINYL AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS STILL DO TOO...NOW IT JUST SEEMS TO BE MORE AN ART MORE OF COLLECTING AND EVEN HAVING 1-2 GOOD TURNTABLES WILL. STILL POSSIBLE SEND YOU DOWN A VERY TALENTED MUSIC CAREER...OR PRODUCING OTHER SOUNDS,MUSIC,PEOPLE...YEA JUST HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT VINYL TO BE TRUE OLD SCHOOL AND KNOWING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HOW ALL MUSIC NOT ON REEL WAS PLAYED,AND YES...STILL IS ALL OVER IN EVERY TOWN IN THE WORLD...VINYL IS FABULOUS...