I like technology, but sometimes I get a little too much of it. In the day and age when you are bombarded with cellular calls, text messages, e-mails, and pop ups, sometimes too much is too much.
Even music has gotten high tech. A recent study pointed out that 48 percent of teens didn't purchase music CDs in 2007, instead opting for music downloads through stores such as iTunes and Napster.
Amidst all this smattering of 1s and 0s (that's a digital reference, by the way) an old technology is seeing a resurgence. Vinyl it appears is making a comeback. Even among teenagers. From the Atlantic Journal Constitution:
On a recent afternoon 15-year-old Graham Saylor popped into Decatur CD to check out new releases. But he sprinted right past the CDs, stopping, instead, at the six bins of vinyl records.
Saylor prefers to listen to his favorite new acts, such as TV on the Radio and the Black Keys, on the black 12-inch platters. Some classmates at Decatur High School have become vinyl fans as well.
So what attracts the teens to a musical format that was proclaimed landfill fodder years before they were born?
"I just dig vinyls more. The tone is warmer. I'm not much of a digital guy," explains Saylor.
Building his collection since sixth grade, he bought a turntable on eBay for $60 and inherited audio equipment from his dad, Lance.
Saylor, according to last year's Nielsen SoundScan numbers, is hardly alone. The retail sales service reported that 990,000 vinyl albums were sold in the United States last year, up 15 percent from 858,000 in 2006. That accounts for about 2 percent of all music sold, compared to CDs and downloads. Still, its impressive for a format that began a sales slide in 1983.
For Christmas I received a Crosley 4-1 record player. It sounds great for its size and most importantly it plays the old LPs that usually collect dust in our basements and attics. I inherited a rather large collection of albums from my grandfather many years ago. Until recently I had no way to listen to them.