According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), sales in vinyl record shops in Adelaide increased by 19 percent year over year to $504 million in 2019, the format’s best revenue in 32 years and 14th consecutive year of growth.

CDs accounted for 5.5 percent of total income, while vinyl accounted for 4.5 percent. The average list price of a CD fell to $13.21 in 2019, down from $13.43 the year before, while vinyl was $26.05, up from $25.10 the year before.

It’s fascinating to see how vinyl record shops in Adelaide have risen from the ashes when everyone expected them to go out!

Vinyl Records’ Advantages And Disadvantages

However, the issues that led to vinyl’s demise in favour of more modern kinds of media persist.

I’ve compiled a list of benefits and drawbacks of vinyl record shops in Adelaide below to help you determine whether it’s worth your money!

The Feeling of Reminiscence

This is something that CDs and digital downloads just cannot provide. In this area, vinyl is far ahead of the competition, with no contenders in sight.

The experience of having, receiving, and playing a vinyl record is what gives it its nostalgic appeal.

The old-time smell, the feel of the vinyl material, and all the sleeves you have to unpack. It’s a complete package. It’s a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else. It has a physical quality that can’t be duplicated in the digital world.

The Distinctive Sound of Vinyl

Again, it’s all part of the vinyl-owning experience. Crackles, warm tones, and even background noises are all sounds that are unique to vinyl.

These ‘comforting’ tones are preferred by many music connoisseurs over crisper and more current recordings. Vinyl has a lot more personality than other formats, which is why it has been so successful in the past and again recently.

Mötley Crüe’s co-founder, bassist, and principal songwriter, Nikki Sixx, talks about his fondness for the unique vinyl sound in the video below.

Your Musical Taste Will Improve

You won’t find any top 40 tracks from at least the last ten years in any vinyl record shops in Adelaide. You won’t find any albums that topped the charts for two months and then vanished.

What you’ll find are albums that have been popular for years. Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana, and others are just a few examples. All of them are musical legends. Artists who were at the pinnacle of their craft. They were musicians who not only made decent music, but also the best music, with the best production, lyrics, and riffs.

Storage And Maintenance

Maintaining your vinyl takes a lot of time. Vinyl is probably not for you if you’re seeking for a simple, straightforward music experience.

Inner sleeves, outer sleeves, vinyl bags, shelf storage, archive storage, storage temperatures, cleaning brushes, and so on…phew. There’s a lot to consider! Every storage stage is just as important as the one before it. And storing your vinyl collection in the garage is almost never a good idea.

The Price

The Thriller album by Michael Jackson is available for free on Spotify and for $7.99 on iTunes.

So, how about buying its record from vinyl record shops in Adelaide? $18.99.

You should expect to pay more than twice as much for vinyl as you would for a CD or digital download. In addition, vinyl records hold less music.

Furthermore, as vinyl has made a phenomenal resurgence in the last five years, costs have skyrocketed.

Surface Noises and Crackling

Depending on how you look at it, unique vinyl noises might be a pro or a con. Some of these noises can be eliminated with proper maintenance and care, but others persist.

On an analogue medium like vinyl, pops, clicks, and small hiss noises will always be present. It’s up to you to determine whether the loud noises irritate you or enhance your listening experience.