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Are you a record company executive who's having trouble sleeping? Has anxiety over who is sharing your downloads freaking you out?

Are you a record company executive who's having trouble sleeping? Has anxiety over who is sharing your downloads freaking you out?

Rejoice, friend! We have the simple solution to your digital problems, which will only increase in coming years. The answer can be summed up in one sacred mantra: Vinyl. It feels good just to say it. The sound is still magic, the smell beautiful, the 12-inch artwork magnificent.

Go ahead, scoff. But 850,000 albums were sold last year—and that's not counting all the mom-and-pop retail stores where most vinyl is sold. So that could mean two or three times that amount. OK, so it's not 550 million CDs. But if anyone ever compared how the two sound side by side, the public would burn you at the stake. Three generations of digital later, the sound is still so obviously superior with vinyl that it freaks people out. The loss of resonant harmonic frequencies and integrated distortion going from analog to digital will never allow the same depth of communication. It will never feel the same.

You lied about the quality of CDs, you lied about the cost of CDs, and now you're stuck with the monster you created, the digital nightmare from which you'll never wake. You big record companies outsmarted yourselves and now may pay with your lives.

Vinyl created a generation of music lovers whose love was so intense that records became an essential part of the quality of our everyday lives. The warmth and depth and breadth of the sound got into the blood and had an unmistakable physical effect. And staring at the artwork completed the magical transportation to a better place where we were inspired and motivated to dream the wildest dreams possible, and then realize them. What have we got now?