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June 1948: The Date The Vinyl Album Was Invented

Vinyl is deader than a doorknob.. and whatever is happening now is just a form of coolness for hipsters and sound for audiophiles. But it had a long run: say 1925 – 1983. In 1983 CDs replaced the format. CDs went from 1983 – 2001 and mp3s 2001 – 2011.

At some point this decade, mp3s and CDs will be gone and streaming will be the music de jour.

As much as I don't miss the cumbersom pain in the ass that was vinyl (CDs even less), he kicked 8 Tracks and cassettes butts and remained somewhat stable since June 21st, 1948. That would be the 33 and a 1/3 revolutions perminute with a stabilized needle on top and speakers to amplify the sounds, as created by Columbia  A year later the 45 RPM (ergo: the 5 minute per sider) and for awhile they fought for supremeacy till it was disvcovered they worked best in tandem. First the single as a taste for the Long Player.

Essentially, that hasn't changed at all whatever the format for deliveruing recorded music…

i was discussing Elton John's Goodbye Yellowbrick Road with Helen Bach a little while ago, which leads us to packaging, and which leads us to another reason to miss vinyl, another way in which the buying music experience is so different today. There is no there there

In the end, much more than CDs 80 minute length, 44 minutes for a single concentrated musical vision, was a perfect length. As the formats have caused both contractions (ITunes is perfect for single song purchases) and expansions (Streaming is great for huge amounts of music listened to cheaply), it hasn't really beaten the 40 minute album.

Will you still love vinyl now its 64?

Not in any meaningful sense. I vastly prefer Spotify to any format for music distribution EVER…

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