Vinyl in a World of Digital Music An Interview with Tom Tom Mag’s Mindy Abovitz

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While Judie and I were attending the Create.Work.Inspire event sponsored by Dell and Intel last week we had the chance to sit down with Mindy Abovitz, the founder and editor in chief of Tom Tom magazine. (As an aside, we both really love the magazine and highly recommend you check it out.) While the conversation was ostensibly about the Create.Work.Inspire project, Mindy was the driving force behind it, we couldn’t resist using the time with her to ask a few other questions. One that we had been dying to ask had to do with the recent uptick in vinyl record sales. As you may know, vinyl actually saw an uptick in sales last year. (For example, vinyl record sales jumped 55% in the UK last year.) And while vinyl sales, when compared to digital music, is miniscule, seeing any increase in sales so many years after music went digital really caught our attention. We asked Mindy if she had anything to say about it.

During the conversation, we touched on the warmth of digital of analog sound, the power of cover art. We even spoke a little bit about the creative process and the awesome album art.
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One of my favorite pieces of album art is something she still owns – ELO’s Out of the Blue.
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Another favorite of mine was Styx Paradise Theatre – not only was the cover art phenomenal…
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but the LP was actually a printed piece of artwork as well!


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.