Web Exclusive: Vinyl Records still spinning after all these years

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(CNN/KVAL) - Eight-tracks and tapes have come and gone, but many music lovers hold a special place for vinyl. It seems records are continuing to thrive despite the digital era.

When was the last time you browsed through a record store or played an album on a turntable?  In the age of iPods and MP3s, these funny looking audio Frisbees with holes in the middle are enjoying a revival.

"I would have never thought. It's an incredible story. It is true," says Greg Sutherland.

Greg Sutherland at the House of Records in Eugene, OR has had a front row seat to this phenomenon. Here's his spin on resurging records.  "It skipped a generation, and now you've got these new people who are 15 to 25, and they're the ones. It's not old guys like us."

Sutherland said he's noticed the trend over the last 7 years as more people who grew up with iPods and music downloads catch the same performance on a modern platter. 

"They heard a vinyl record and said, 'Wow, that sounds different.  That's not the same as my MP3,' " says Sutherland.

Serious audiophiles swear the vinyl sound is better than ever.

"And I've done a lot of experiments with people. I'll play them the CD and the vinyl from the same album," said Erik Muiderman, "and no one has ever preferred the CD."

Muiderman has 1,000 LPs in his collection, but that's no big deal.

"I mean, there are guys in town here with 10,000," he said. "It's a disease - and stores like this are very grateful for people with that disease."

And compare the artwork, LP versus CD, on the reissued "White" album of the Beatles.
The difference? The CD artwork is tiny; the record sleeve gives artists more room to complete the package.

Even the most diehard digital music fans have to admit, the analog sound is not going away.


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