Recent retro trend in buying music on vinyl is more environmentally conscious than using digital music?
The vinyl record is moving back into the homes of music fans around the world. The trend started with DJs that either never gave up on vinyl or went back to carrying around huge boxes to their gigs. Now I heard from many sources that the young generation of music listeners is also buying again music on vinyl. Labels are reacting to the trend and offer more and more new releases on vinyl as well.
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Digital Music News and Alpha Music Manufacturing make some arguments that using vinyl is actually cleaner than using digital music on CDs or from the cloud. Arguments include that vinyl albums rarely get discarded, broken vinyl albums get shredded and re-used to make new ones and vinyl breaks down better in landfills than plastic. Digital music requires huge server farms and end user devices.
For me these arguments are like the question paper or plastic at the groceries. Environmentally it does not matter. Despite vinyl being trendy right now, it will never become mass market again. Creating clean energy is a general problem not just for data centers.