Everyone collects something. It might be clothes, shoes, baseball cards, bottle caps, coins, cars or an exclusive subset of these and thousands of other items. Regardless of your income strata, its a sure bet that there’s something that you collect, sometimes even without realizing it. Collecting allows people to relive their childhood, connect to history, relish the thrill of the hunt, or sooth some emotional urging that they may be totally unaware of.
For most of the history of audio recording, people collected music too. Many fans amassed massive vinyl and CD album collections that covered broad music categories, while others concentrated just on the recordings of a particular artist, or even just the songs they particularly liked. A “record” collection was something that in many ways defined who you were, because your collection was shaped exclusively by your musical taste.
Your Collection As A Window Into Your Soul
Think back to the time when music consumers purchased physical products, be it vinyl or CD. What was one of the first things that you did when you went to a friend’s house? You’d inspected their record collection, if not right away, the first chance you got (it was a great way to pass the moments when the friend went to the rest room or the kitchen). After all, it was a window into the person’s heart and soul. A collection based exclusively around one genre might label you as intense and focused, while one that spanned genres and styles might mean that you were open-minded and free spirited, at least from a quick glance. At the very least, it gave you both some common ground.
When music consumers transitioned to digital music downloads in the early 2000s, music began to lose that unique collectibility. Sure there was still a hint of it left, but the definition seemed to change as it became more about the number of songs on your iPod, or how much of your CD collection was converted to digital. The problem was that music collecting at that time seemed to become more about quantity rather than quality. Read more on Forbes.