In modern times, there are countless things that have been extremely popular for a short amount of time and then fallen into complete obscurity. The Power Rangers reigned supreme among kid’s shows for a few years, and then disappeared completely. Countless television shows have done the same thing. It seems like more and more shows are being canceled after just one season. There is perhaps no other industry where this is more apparent than in technology. For example, just two decades ago, the only cell phones people had were huge monstrosities that had to be unfolded a couple of times just to get them open. And, even when you had them open, there was no guarantee that you’d be able to get a signal. Think about computers as well. Just a few short decades ago, they took up entire rooms. Today, some are so small that they can easily fit into a person’s pocket. Video game systems that used to be incredibly popular are now extremely difficult to find because new and better gaming systems have come into existence. This sort of logic also applies to the music industry. Vinyl records were extremely popular, and then came 8-tracks, which were replaced by cassette tapes, which were later replaced by CDs, which were ultimately replaced by digital files of music such as MP3s.
However, as far as the music industry is concerned, not everyone gave up on previous forms of music. Today, vinyl records are nearly as popular as they ever were. Although 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and CDs have mostly disappeared, people continue to purchase vinyl records. In other words, vinyl albums have stood the test of time. There are many reasons as to why this is so.
For one, vinyl records are much more durable than the types of music that came later. Many digital files of music have been lost when a computer crashes or an MP3 player stops working. 8-tracks were prone to all kinds of issues when the 8-track player ate the tape. If you left cassettes in the heat, or if you simply played them too often, they would eventually fall apart and stop working. CDs were perhaps the least durable form of music, because they were so susceptible to scratches and cracks. Even after having a CD for just a few short days, it would often get so scratched that it simply wouldn’t play again. None of this is true for vinyl records. You could probably go down to your basement or your attic, find an old LP, put it on a record player, and it would sound just fine. They are extremely durable, making them a great medium for music.
In addition to their durability, they sound great. This is because the original music is actually imprinted onto the record. In other words, you are listening to the music in its purest form, almost like you are in the studio with the artists themselves. LP records have lasted because they’re durable, they sound great, and they provide a tangible listening experience for the user.