No brainer... expect most bands that I deal with whole recording budgets don't equal what the vinyl cost to produce. My guess would be most bands don't even make any profit on vinyl in the end. It is a big promotional tool though. Looks good. Is fun to hold and look at.
As for sound, every time I hear a tick and pop it reminds me of why I don't like them medium. To me all that distracts from the music. I'm sure it's just my ME ears but vinyl is not fun for me to listen to. It becomes annoying to me after a while.
Funny how people are looking to an accent inferior medium as a savior for the industry. Every band asks me about it, when I tell them the actual cost you should see the look on their face. Then they just post their music to a free streaming service. Many are even skipping making the CD.
The one common thing is everybody is looking for some medium to save the industry. We have a medium. We have a means to control it, we have a means to track it. We just don't have any laws to protect us or anyone to police it.
Life is funny... unfortunately it's our livelihood we are talking about... and have been for 15 fucking years now, so don't expect things to change. We live in a self centered very greedy world now when it comes to corporations and business, I myself don't ever expect that to change in our life time... except to get worse.
Good luck everyone.
Yeah, I know what you mean.
Ideally, the best format is AAA reel-to-reel analog tape, which you could get in the 60s and 70s, but not many people bought it. Perhaps because threading tape is a bit technical, perhaps due to the storage and winding issues... 8-track was a comprimise in that respect. People didn't care about pops too much in those days, apparently, as vinyl was a big seller, by comparison.
I remember when I made the jump from cassette to vinyl. The first time I used a shitty record player on a shitty system and I preferred cassettes, with dolby making them quiet and pop-less. Subsequently I bought a decent turntable and had a better integrated amp, so that the vinyl sounded more dynamic overall, and I forgot the rumble and popping.
Hopefully I won't come across as too arrogant or mean, but... if a band is going to produce an album, and that album won't even pay for the cost of pressings, artistic and personal considerations aside, perhaps that kind of band shouldn't be considered as an example for what the record industry should be aiming for?
If Vinyl is too limited then a new 'vinyl' should be invented. Something physical which is hi-fi friendly and that can be sold to a third party if one desires.. not a licensed package of data.