To quote myself from a few weeks back:
'It just doesn't happen in these modern, soulless 'downloading' times'.
Like Fecam I mainly buy vinyl (plus the occasional cd for the car), and Highlighter was my first ever download, purely because I got it free with the vinyl & cd purchase...and I couldn't wait to listen to it.
But as good as Higlighter is (and it is damm good), I can't get my head round going onto the laptop everytime I want to listen to it, and you just don't get the same sound quality as vinyl coming out of the speakers, so as a result I've not listened to it as much as I'd like.
I will never download again (now that really makes me sound old), and bring on that vinyl...
Was listening to O.S.T. last night on vinyl while drinking a lovely Magpie brewery IPA (see updated Avatar!).
I'm going to have to disagree with both you and Fecam, but not to say that you are wrong, just that my situation is different.
Since I've been a teenager, it has always been about portability of my music. Being able to have my walkman with a Pharcyde or Tribe tape has always allowed me to keep my music by my side. (Almost went with some "Just me and my walkman ish" ) Anyway, I am someone who is connected to the cloud most of the time weather I like it or not. Having these (any) songs on Youtube before the album was available make the decision to buy the album an easier decision. The internet has made it easier to pass on albums that would have once been an automatic purchase that I knew I would regret (See Phrenology, or Docs Da Name).
I've got a google music account that allows me to have any song I have purchased available to me from wherever I want. Sure I'd love to have a massive vinyl collection, but being a father of 3 young children (you think your old?), makes that very difficult right now. And it has been shown that digital "leaks" before an album is released help boost album sales.
Finally, anyone who is buying a digital copy is rarely going to their computer every time they want to listen to it. Most cases its phone/iPod, or if you're technically savy, you've got it streaming from a media server or something like that (yes, I'm a total nerd).
Anyway, just like music, everyone likes something different, and I appreciate artists who make their craft as accessible as possible.