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https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/the-ux-of-vinyl-the-medium-is-the-message/

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Why vinyl records survive in the digital age
Ask a record-collecting audiophile why vinyl is back and you may hear a common refrain: "Of course vinyl's back! It's a more accurate reproduction of the original! It just sounds better than digital!" To this I reply, "Does it really, though? Or is it just EQ'd better?

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Vinyl records

Vinyl records

Record albums are analog, the closest thing we have to the soundwaves. These waves are drawn out of a flattened, spinning disk of vinyl by a diamond. The diamond is physically taking a ride on the ...

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Multi-sensory

Multi-sensory

The entire experience of vinyl creates its appeal.

Vinyl records appeal to the sense of sight, sound, and touch, while digital/streaming-only appeal to one sense. You can feel a recor...

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The ritual

The ritual

The process of putting on a record is like a ritual.

  • First, you have to find the record by paging through your collection.
  • Once you find the record, you rem...

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Possible lessons

The record experience holds some possible lessons for user-interface designers.

  • Designing for multiple senses can be more powerful than designing for just one.
  • Alway...

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