VNYL: the Netflix of vinyl albums?

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.

Vinyl albums subscription is as easy as 1-2-3
Source: VNYL.org

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.


Source: Kickstarter

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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6 thoughts on “VNYL: the Netflix of vinyl albums?

  1. SCAM!!! THEY SENT OUT GOODWILL PROCURED RECORDS LIKE LEO SAYER, OKLAHOMA SOUNTRACK, ETC. AND THEY’RE SCRATCHED AND USED. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND ENTER “VNYL SCAM” IN GOOGLE.

  2. I would LOVE to join something like this! But they don’t make it clear how much the fees are or how often you get new records (like is it every week or every month?). If the fee is reasonable, I would totally be interested in joining as soon as possible and if the records aren’t tossed around too many times in the month, I think it would also be fun! Long live the Vinyl Record!

  3. Great idea, but what about QC? Won’t the quality suffer if the same record is passed around again and again? I guess if you sign up you are more than an enthusiast and will take care of the record, but I am curious about how much play an album gets before they take it out of rotation.

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