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Vinyl records subscriptions: Are they worth it?

Posted at 12:15 PM, Apr 23, 2019

What goes around comes back around, at least that's how it is with vinyl records. For vinyl music lovers, nothing beats digging through a record store.

At Wax Trax Records in Denver, Colorado, co-owner Duane Davis says the people keeping his business open might surprise you. He says his customers are in their twenties and thirties, which is surprising in this day and age of streaming music straight from your phone.

According to Forbes, 294 million people are signed up for either Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music. Those are just a few of the streaming options available.

Despite the love for streaming services, there's a new way to go old school with your music: vinyl subscription services.

Vinyl Me Please is among the most popular subscription services. It's $23 a month to subscribe. Subscribers will get a hand-picked record, along with a piece of art and a custom cocktail recipe.

Magnolia Record Club is $27 a month. It also includes a curated record by an artist or a record of your choice, along with a piece of art to go with it. If you already have the “Record of the Month,” you can swap it out with another from their catalog.

If you like indie music, Flying Vinyl will be for you. For $30 a month, subscribers get five exclusively-pressed singles from alternative artists.

Other vinyl subscription boxes include Wax Stamp, Trax and Wax, and the Third Man’s Record Vault.

When it comes to price comparison, records that come to your door are pretty comparable to records in store. So, in the end, it's up to you to determine if you want convenience or the record store experience.