nobody really understands exactly what makes or keeps a fad going. there are certain factors that are partially attributed responsibility, but never a solid cut and dry explanation. with the vinyl fad, it's no different.
while the vinyl enthusiasts will insist that it's not an aimless fad, but that vinyl just sounds warmer and has a more relaxed and inviting frequency response, this doesn't explain the 30 years of slumber that the vinyl industry had up until about 10 years ago when the fad really kicked off.
record labels would argue that, while cd sales have been steadily dropping for the last 10 years, vinyl is consistently outselling its previous year's amounts. but, since the nature of a fad is that something slowly becomes more popular over time, this statement is just a tautology and is an ironic counter-argument against itself.
to vinyl's credit, it DOES have a certain response that is lost on CD's and MP3's. it's warmer and brighter, and when the production has been done properly, some genres do have a better sound spectrum highlight and presence. but the counter to this is that the same thing can be done in studio with an equalizer to give the same sound to a flac file on a CD. so in this way, you'd get the same warm, bright sound without all the annoying cracks, pops, and skips that plague every single record player in existence.
another semi-valid argument is that it's not about the sound, but the ritual of preparing the music for listening. it's a calculated and nearly religious custom of sliding the record out of it's sleeve and placing the needle just exactly so. this is the only argument that i will accept as a proper explanation that you yourself are not part of the fad. but this still is flawed in that most vehicles don't allow me to perform this ritual, so another dud.
so, we are all on the same page that vinyl is a fad. how long do you think it'll keep going? i don't see any reason for it to continue another 5 years. vinyl is just so frigging expensive to press and ship, if we're going to have a musical format that doesn't really have a point other than satisfying the vintage fadsters' need to be vintage, why not just move on to cassettes and save all the pressing and shipping costs? OR something even more vintage and slightly cooler imo would be phonograph foil. a sheet of aluminum is cheap, light, and equally as useless as vinyl or cassettes for listening, not to mention reynolds wrap stock would skyrocket.
what do you think? how long before the vinyl fad dies? do you partake in the fad currently? if so, are you okay with being called a fadster, or does this offend you and your kind? would you prefer something less insulting like "trend-partaker"?