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Amazon is giving away free records

Amazon is giving away free records
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Vinyl records are back in a big way. Even though most people are turning toward streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music for unlimited music, enough people are buying vinyl that Amazon has built a special online store for finding and buying new and used records.

There are lots of reasons for the vinyl resurgence: Young people are falling in love with the warm, organic sound, the beautiful artwork on a bigger canvas and the communal experience of listening to records together with friends.

I only buy music on vinyl nowadays. For me, it makes listening to music a more active process. You can't easily skip or shuffle songs. You have to get up and turn the record over halfway through, you can't listen in the car or at the gym. It almost forces you to give more attention to the music.

Another big draw to vinyl is physical ownership. With subscription streaming, you have unlimited options, but you don't own them. You can't pass down your collection to your kids or display it for your friends. They're an investment of time, money and love. They're so much less disposable than digital music.

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