How to Make Digital Copies of Vinyl Records

How to Make Digital Copies of Vinyl Records

For the first six months of 2013 to the first six months of 2014, the sales of physical vinyl records has increased by over 40 percent, with up to 4 million records sold. Many people are enjoying the nostalgia and the ironic defiance of some new technologies, choosing instead to live a simpler life, even if it means listening to imperfect recordings of music on a medium that has been outdated for the past 30 years.

Consider that records were replaced by the mobile cassette tapes, which people could take with them to play in cars, boom boxes or walk-man cassette players, back in the early ’80s, you’ll realize just what a throwback these vinyl records. Compact discs, of course, replaced the audio cassette tapes, and finally, our music world moved to digital MP3s. We started buying music to fill our iPods and computers, and finally, we found streaming music.

But the more we go forward makes us that much more nostalgic for the past.

Unfortunately, the stores to buy vinyl records are long gone, as the digital music industry has overtaken brick-and-mortar shops over the past decade or so. Sure, there are a few record stores in some bigger cities, but good luck finding them — and then, you’ll end up paying for their unnecessary overhead.

3 Places to Buy Vinyl Records

Obviously, you can go piece by piece and try to build your record collection up through eBay, or even Craigslist. But if you’re looking for places to find lots of new records of bands you’re growing to love, then try these sites.

This is one of my favorite sites because they have over 3 million records on the site right now, including a lot of older albums many of us great up listening to.

The way it works is — sellers post their records on here, along with prices, condition and any notes that might indicate the shape of the album cover might be. Then you choose what to buy, and the seller will then notify you about how much shipping will be. You can pay through Paypal in most instances.

This is a great spot for records and posters and other music items. It’s a good site to discover some garage music you might not have heard of before.

This is the spot to buy the hard-to-find albums or even some great autographed albums. Obviously, you’ll be paying a premium for them, but with over 15 million vinyl records, and 2,500 autographed pieces to look through, they’re a great place to shop. If you own a great piece of autographed music memorabilia, this would also be a good spot for you to sell it.

How To Make Digital Copies of Vinyl Records

Now, the question is — if I wanted to get the records I just bought on to my computer, so how can I download them to my PC so I can load them on my mobile devices?

You’ll need a record player, your computer, an iTunes account, an RCA-to-1/8-inch-Y cable, and audio recording software.

Connect the RCA part of the cable to your record player, and the 1/8-inch end of the cable to the microphone input on your PC.

Open up your recording software, like Roxio, on your computer, and start playing your record on your record player. Don’t forget to hit record on your software!

You’ll want to record each song individually, so you can access them individually, as opposed to one whole album. You can name the folder those songs will be held in after the album.

Once you have the files on your PC, you’ll then be able to open the music up again in iTunes, and then copy/burn it to a CD if you like, or just move it to your iPhone or iPod.

Making digital copies of vinyl records is a great way to use modern-day technology to enjoy nostalgic music!