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I'm an old guy who purchased a lot of music on LP over the years. I am not about to try to replace it all with digital at this point. Besides, I have some titles on both LP and CD, and usually the LP is the better sounding copy.
I'm sure there are digital files available that sound better than most of my CD's but, until I move into that realm, my LP's are staying right where they are!
It's part of my life. I have spent more time in my life looking for and buying vinyl since jr. high. Today I listened to an album I have owned for over 40 years and it still sounded pretty good. I listen to CD'S to and own quite a few and yes today's CD'S are neck and neck in sound but now with my phono stage I can make digital copies of my vinyl through my computer and not have to purchase duplicates for travel.
I listen to vinyl because...
it sounds different than digital. To my ears, some of it actually sounds better so these end up being very special albums. With some other titles, CD's may sound better so when I am in the mood for that music, I will play a CD.
Finally, I am a listener and not a collector. So its fun looking for the best sounding copy of an album on vinyl I can find as not all pressings sound the same. They do on CD though.
All good answers, especially Czarivey's. But I'm reminded of the answer bank robber Willie Sutton gave when asked why he robbed banks: Because that's where the money is. I bought LP's for over twenty years before ever seeing a CD (in '87), and didn't join those who got rid of them and replaced them with the 5" silver discs. I had about 5,000 LP's by then, and wasn't about to do that, especially as I wasn't sold on CD's. I kept buying LP's for as long as record companies made them, which one-by-one they stopped doing, releasing new albums on CD only. My answer to the question is because that's where the (my) music is.
Some of it, anyway. I didn't stop buying new music when LP's stopped being made, and joined the rest of music consumers, starting my second collection. Being the Indi CD buyer at a Tower store (the only record store chain with buyers in each store, buying for that store only) for awhile enabled me to amass quite a music library for literally nothing. Buyers are given a copy of just about every new release (including reissues of old albums), and my music room was eventually over-flowing with somewhere around 10,000 of the damn things! I now pay for new CD's by trading in some of those promos at Amoeba Records, an incredible 3-store mini-chain here in California. The trade-in product manager at the Hollywood store is one of my former sales reps, and some of my trade-ins are promos he gave me as his Tower buyer!
because, I bought a turntable, spent a lot of money and time going out to used events and stores finding awesome vinyl records. Then I had to get a cartridge then another one then another one. Bought a Phono preamp, stylus brush, cleaner and a record washer, plastic covers and sleeves a whole new shelving system to store vinyl....its a wonder I have a wife! (I need to go order some flowers)
because i started with Vinyl back in 1970. I have owned 8 tracks, cassettes,cd and mp3, but i still have the first album i purchased and still play it. i know a lot of people complain about clicks and pops but i have kept my records clean and all of my own purchased new vinyl is very quiet. so, why listen, answer, i always have listened to vinyl. It a habit
Because I trust my cats.
... when I play vinyl, they scatter in fright at sudden musical sounds, then peer out from beneath the sofa - tails fluffed - searching for those scary instruments that have invaded their room.
... when I play a digital source, no matter how loudly or what instruments are supposedly being portrayed, they sleep straight through it.
"When I put on digital they would leave the room. "
Cat's and dogs can both hear higher frequencies than humans I believe so a cat or dog not digging the sound is probably a good sign something is not right at higher frequencies that might be subtle or not noticeable to human.
My dog is afraid of loud noises like thunder etc. If I played a well recorded thunderstorm sound effect through my system he would not like it.
He likes most soothing types of music though and I can trick him playing animal noise sound effects, etc. 9all digital) if I try.
If it sound good to both people and pets then there is likely good karma all around.