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The Cool Material Guide to Vinyl

The Cool Material Guide to Vinyl

You’ve seen the headlines. Vinyl is back, baby! Record sales are their highest since MP3s became a thing and vinyl is selling far better than CDs, tapes, or any other physical media still around. No one’s quite sure why folks are returning to LPs. Sure, streaming a playlist directly to your favorite Bluetooth speakers is extremely convenient. But, there’s something to be said for the full album experience. And, the act of hunting for, finding, and playing a coveted album, especially if it’s not available to stream, is very gratifying.

So whether you’re an avid vinyl collector or looking to start crate digging, you might need some guidance. The world of record collecting is vast and at times daunting. But, with a little help, it doesn’t have to be.

We’ve put together a handy guide to the world of vinyl records with tips on where to buy records online, what all those esoteric vinyl terms mean, and which albums you should buy first.

Welcome to Cool Material’s comprehensive guide to all things vinyl.

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