Vinyl or CDs: Tech Doesn't Do Sentimental -- Listening Habits Show What's Next for Cloud

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Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO explains why tech doesn't do sentimental.

I am old enough to be of the generation that grew up with vinyl. Unlike the romantics of today I remember the scratches, the arguments over borrowing my brother's records, putting them on my worn and generally abused record player and the reality that after the first few plays, even with that brand new stylus, the quality degraded to that “warm” or, in reality, muffled sound that I remember. The revival we see today is a choice, largely based on the sentimental feelings that we tend to attach to music. Yes, I miss the artwork, the feel and smell, but do I miss the general faff? Not really. Even with a vinyl revival, we have moved light years away in terms of the volume of recordings available digitally today. There are very few who would want to go back to how it used to be. The choice of vinyl is from the world of irrationality not the rational. Read more

By Matthew Finnie on Wired Innovation Insights, January 29, 2015