It’s being compared to Netflix – though some might think of this as the new Columbia House Records – but VNYL is all about vinyl albums shipped to your home
Wax is back and with Record Store Day just around the corner, the successfully Kickstarter-funded start-up VNYL is welcome news to vinyl records enthusiasts. For a monthly fee, VNYL will hand-curate a shipment of three vinyl albums based on your specified music interests, picked from a list of hashtag classifications dubbed “#Vibes”. Members are encouraged to “keep the ones you love, return the ones that were eh.” The cost of keeping an album will run you about $12 each, while making a return is free with the included pre-paid USPS shipping sleeves.
Focused on providing both a curated listening experience and easy rental process to subscribers, VNYL strives to be as intimate as possible. For example, each record is shipped with a paper sleeve insert and borrowers are encouraged to write their comments and thoughts about the music directly on the sleeve, so that the vinyl albums’ travels can be documented.
Currently, VNYL is still in invite-only mode, but anyone can request an invitation for the waiting list. Shipments are expected to launch in February. What do you think of VNYL? Would you try out a service like this? Let us know in the comments!
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