Originally Posted by 9to5cynic
I also buy physical copies of albums. I like the album art and reading the little tid-bits that the artists have to say about the songs (for those artists that do that). But that's nothing compared to what has already been mentioned. Though, buying online is much more convenient.
I grew up in a time and place where the TV wasn't the center of attention, and wasn't used as a companion like the "family" show in Fahrenheit 451. Before the CD, I spent many happy hours listening to the music and musing over the 12" album cover. Back then, album covers from art houses like Hipgnosis
were works of art of their own right. I feel privileged to have grown up in an era when some of the most innovative artwork and industrial packaging was done for the record industry. It was an experience that can't be adequately described to those who were born too late to experience to experience it for themselves. Yes there are still 12" album covers around, but the experience of going down to the record store and seeing for the first time what's under the shrink wrap can't be duplicated.