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When our heads were in the clouds, but our music wasn't...

Posted by ConcertHotels on Thu, 27 June 2013

Here at Concert Hotels HQ we've been reminiscing about the good old days when our music collections were tangible. We remember spending many happy hours flipping through 12 inch vinyl stacks at our local record store.

Not that we're anti-progress you understand, but since we shifted over to digital music - iTunes, Spotify et al our days of rummaging through flea markets for hidden gems are long since passed, and we rarely buy music in a format that you have to lug around.


Our lugging days are no more - an iPod Classic weighs just a third of a pound and holds up to 40,000 songs.

That's a LOT of vinyl.

In fact it's 3,180 albums.


3,180 is kind of a big number, so just for fun we decided to visualize what an iPod's worth of albums looks like - click the image below to launch.

It's a long old scroll down that page, so rather than making you do the work we've elected to save your scrolling finger (and your sanity), just click the arrow to scroll automatically to the bottom of the stack.

Please note - if you're something of a delicate little flower, be warned, the crazy long scroll on this graphic might make you feel a little dizzy. If you feel funny put your head between your knees and take deep breaths; or maybe consult a physician. We aren't doctors and this does not constitute medical advice.

Everyone else - enjoy!

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13 comments

Mike

June 27, 2013

Ah, this brings me back! Can't actually remember the last time I even bought a CD, never mind a vinyl - iTunes rocks nowadays!

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Rob

June 28, 2013

Nice work. I used to go and try to collect every Pink Floyd album in vinyl just to have it, even though I only ever listened to the digital versions. Never did finish collecting them all. It was surprisingly difficult to track them all down.

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Michael Asper

July 2, 2013

I think you guys did the vinyl to iPod thing, which was cool, but sort of wrong in a way. Vinyls are lossless sound, while in the example you were using like a 192kbps bit rate which of course is extremely low in memory. If we were to use Apple's lossless for the iPod it would only fit like maybe 7k songs. Still, I love the vinyl-iPod demonstration! I'm a vinyl collector with a huge digital library. Very neat stuff.

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Corrandus

July 3, 2013

The record weight for a male grizzly is 1500 pounds, most are in the 1000 to 1200 range. Just saying... :)

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Clive

July 5, 2013

On the other hand, if you buy all those records used for the typical going price of $3-7, you'll save a LOT of money over buying that same music from iTunes. Plus you get to own the albums, their artwork, etc. It's a good deal.

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Le Moco

July 5, 2013

There is is a lot of music that you can find on vinyl at a used record store that you can't find on itunes.

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Chris

July 5, 2013

Not exactly "fair" ... if the 160GB iPod stored the records at the analog native resolution (measured at over 50kHz (which means +100kHz/24 bit sampling rate required, no compression) - you'd be telling a "bit" of a different story.

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Chris

July 5, 2013

Oh - something else I noticed: if you were able to scroll the stack of vinyl sideways instead of vertically, you'd have an almost exact waveform match for every digitally-compressed-to-figgin'-hell MP3 pop and rock track available on your iPod!

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Josh

July 6, 2013

Good comparison, Mp3's sound do like hamsters compared to grizzly vinyl.

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Erik

July 10, 2013

BUUuuuUUT! As many vinlys (40,000 ALBUMS in this example) compressed enough to fit on a 160GB iPod would definately sound like CRaP, or a very sick hamster... At 6 mb average per song, and that's LOSSY compression, with an average of 10 songs per album, you would fit around 2600 vinyls at an acceptable quality, still with audible limitations. Now, bring iPods to 3TB, compress everything to Apple's lossless format, you'll have space for roughly 8000 albums. Then we'll talk.

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El Gordo

September 2, 2013

A fun illustration of how things have changed. Vinyl lovers clearly don't get out much, do they? Perhaps because they can't bear (sorry!) being parted from their rather non-portable collection of lossless sound albums. Also, rather than upsetting fans of fat bears I'd suggest using the weight of the heaviest human being currently on record. I'm looking forward with eager anticipation to further comments from hamster afficionados.

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Ed VanDyke

November 10, 2013

You know...You shouldn't stack them flat like that, because it compresses the tracks and literally flattens the sound quality. ;)

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Ed VanDyke

November 10, 2013

Now let's see what it looks like on CDs or audio cassettes..........Ooooooh or 8-tracks. :D

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