Would vinyl even be invented today?

Records, cartridges and tonearms seem like such an unlikely method to play music--a bit of Rube Goldberg. Would anyone even dream of this today? It's like the typewriter keyboard--the version we have may not be the best, but it stays due to the path dependence effect. If vinyl evolved from some crude wax cylinder to a piece of rock careening off walls of vinyl, hasn't it reached the limits of the approach? Not trying to be critical--just trying to get my head around it.
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Um, I bought it! 59yrs. Thanks for the reminder. Pulling out for a spin.
I think the wrong question has been asked here. The right question would have been "would cd's even be invented today?" The answer to that is obvious. Oh and what's a "hipster" anyway? I know what a hippy is. I am pretty sure vinyl is not about being "cool". I am NOT cool. I am also certain it is the mid 50yr olds and up that keeps vinyl going. I am also certain that they(me) are not the group kids(hipsters) emulate. Many mid 50 plus do not even own an iPhones. As far as wether great new and classic rock exists or not get your head(ears) out of the sand. Vinyl is not about being unable to enjoy new technology. Just the celebration of a great older one. No reason they can not coexist. Vinyl is an experience. Digital is background music. Don't get me wrong I have a first class(in my view) digital front end. I love it. But when I have the choice and I am listening to music I choose vinyl. 2015 the year of vinyl! Or something like it....
vinyl(record/albums) not on the list. Just turntables. So I am guessing, it is just the appearance of and not the actual usage/interest/spinning of vinyl records. So in my mind that would tend to disprove your point. Besides it also suggest you do not take the list to seriously. So spin'm if you gotum. Besides I think Polaroid cameras are cool📼📱🚵📷😎🔊. can you believe it no scarves or tattoos