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    Posted July 29, 2010 by
    Mandeville, Louisiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Who still listens to vinyl?

    I feel more like a part of the music when I listen to vinyl instead of MP3s.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Enema started collecting vinyl two years ago when she found a collection of albums in her grandmother's attic, and last Christmas she got her first record player. Even though her favorite album is 'Magical Mystery Tour' by the Beatles, her favorite album cover is 'School's Out' by Alice Cooper. 'I like it because the song pretty much says it all and the desk on the cover looks just like the ones at my school-all vandalized.' Enema likes the user participation part of vinyl. 'On the iPod, [music] sounds so flat and you just press a button and it's there. Vinyl takes more work. You have to flip it over set the right speed.'
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    I love music that's way before my time, and when I listen to it on vinyl I feel more in tune with the era in which it was produced.  Sort of like a time machine.  I can put on the Beatles and feel like I'm in the revolutionary '60's, or listen to some Madonna and imagine I'm in the decade of leg warmers and neon clothing.  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.  And the little bit of audience participation that vinyl warrants (i.e. flipping to the b-side) makes me feel like part of the music, not just a listener.

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