This is an important point for me. I can flick through my whole vinyl collection going back to my very first album
(adam & the ants - prince charming, don't lol) and I can remember where and when I bought each one.
They're like a diary or audio scrapbook of my life.
spot on, jimmy. it's not just the changing formats that change the listening/consuming of music. i'm saddened by the amount of record shops that have closed as a result. i used to love hanging out in indy music stores, checking new records and generally being informed by shop staff and customers alike.
no lols about adam and the ants! that and shakin' stevens were my first singles!