This is how I celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run on Tuesday.

I probably listened to that album five times throughout the week on vinyl. To me, vinyl is the best way to listen to music but far from the most convenient. I have no problems with CDs or mp3s, but nothing beats vinyl.

There has been a huge increase in vinyl record sales in recent years. According to HeyReverb.com,

The last five years have seen vinyl sales increasing year after year, with CD sales sliding. Through the first half of 2014, CD sales dropped 19.6 percent, while LP/vinyl sales increased 40.4 percent nationally, according to Nielsen Soundscan reports. In 2013, more than 6 million vinyl LPs were sold, up 33 percent from 4.5 million in 2012.

New albums from musicians across all genres and generations are coming out on vinyl because it's catching on again. Aside from the music sounding better that way, they're also fun to own. It's a cool way to pay homage to an artist or band you admire. Artwork, liner notes, lyrics. It's all there. A lot of new records will also come with a card inside that has a code you can enter online to download the album for free. Record companies and distributors aren't stupid. They know the primary way we listen to music today is digital.

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