Let’s make a bit of a bold stand here, and crack down on the old black crack called vinyl which still seems to be appreciated so much by the so-called music connaisseur.
Wired posted this article about why vinyl may be the final nail in the CD’s coffin which is so full of crap I found it hard to believe it got through their editorial process. In fact, I’m starting to think they are taking the whole Wired-wiki thing to far and allow just about anything to be posted nowadays.
Without going into too much depth however, here’s a list of reasons why vinyl sucks compared to a good quality mp3 file (320kbps baby, no less plzkthx!). (Thx Gabber!)
- Vinyl dies on you. It bends due to heat, it scratches, it needs maintenance. MP3s only need a backup.
- Vinyl is clunky. It takes up a lot of space to store.
- Vinyl isn’t portable. It sucks to drag around in crates if you’re a DJ going to a gig, and you can’t play them in the car or while commuting.
- Porting vinyl to any other format will make you lose quality. It’s the advantage of analogue technology baby.
- Dust may reduce your listening experience. Crackle. Pop.
- Vinyl can’t take extremely high frequencies. Nor can it deal with panning on lower frequencies. How’s that for the myth of audio quality?
- Badly maintained turntables will cause your DJ gigs to sound crappy. Playing the same tunes off a laptop might not look as cool, but it will make it sound good at least. Trusting you have a decent sound card in your laptop that is.
Since you can rip any CD into a perfect 320kbps MP3 file without any real effort, unless you find popping the disk into your CD-ROM drive hard, I’ll take CDs over vinyl any day.
Oh, and yeah, I know there’s quality loss when converting to MP3. Not that I ever noticed at 320kbps, but yeah, I know it’s there.