In rotation: 8/17/17

The attraction of analog … in our digital world: Though we live in a digital world, we’re flocking to analog things, says David Sax, author of “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter.” “Surrounded by digital, we now crave experiences that are more tactile and human-centric,” he explains in the introduction…When a record store opened up a block and a half away from Mr. Sax’s home in Toronto five years ago, he started buying albums. As he noticed more and more record stores opening, he discovered the number of new vinyl records pressed and sold had increased more than tenfold over the past decade, resulting in a similar boom in turntable sales, and more new record stores.

Over 50,000 rare records have been archived online for your listening pleasure: Vinyl – just that little bit more natural and refined than a compressed Spotify playlist, don’t you think? And, thanks to a collaboration between New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music and the Internet Archive, you can now listen to over 50,000 rare records online. As part of the Great 78 Project, a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records, this batch represents just a small part of the 200,000 record collection that’s in the process of being digitised.

Derby tech firm comes up with new mobile phone app to digitise vinyl records, Convert Technologies claims world first with app that can convert songs on vinyl into digital files with no need for editing: The firm said that the technology is quick, easy and convenient to use, allowing people to transfer their vinyl record collection on to their phones. The app is backed by Gracenote’s database, which automatically identifies the track, album and artist information as the record is playing. The app automatically separates an album into individual tracks. The end result is a fully formed set of music files which accurately reflect the original vinyl copy.

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Is Coming Out on Pink Vinyl, The Urban Outfitters exclusive release is limited to 2,500 units: Fans of late-’90s pop and vinyl records rejoice: Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time, is getting a limited release on wax. Just 2,500 pink and white swirled copies of the album will be sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters with pre-order running now and delivery planned for November. The record includes tracks that launched Spears’ career such as the chart-topping “…Baby One More Time,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy” and “Sometimes.”

My View: Deep bonds develop while sharing music: We live in a digital age and the way we listen to music has been one of the most widely utilized vehicles for this movement. Being born in the early 1960s, I’ve lived through the transition from analog to digital platforms. The first LP I owned was the Jackson 5’s Greatest Hits. As I grew older, my musical taste evolved to include such diverse acts as the Canadian power trio Rush, the legendary reggae group Black Uhuru and alternative radio favorites the Pixies. In my college years, my musical taste was influenced by my friends. I was also a DJ at the Buffalo State radio station, WBNY, and Rude Boys Roots Rock Cafe…

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