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Record store owners say Louisville is still in love with vinyl

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --If you thought vinyl was a thing of the past, people in Louisville are here to set the record straight.

"It's the closest things to live that you can get, actually putting a record on," said Ben Jones.

Jones has been the owner of Better Days Records in The Highlands since 1982.

A connoisseur of the turntable, he says there's an obvious rebirth in record popularity.

"People have been having Record Day parties. They get to bring their records of choice. One guy DJs the party, but then he plays their favorite records," Jones explained.

The younger generation also seems to be catching on.

"That experience of Taylor Swift on a record, it's still different than Taylor Swift on the iPod, the phone, the digital version,” said Jones.  "The pops and the ticks, that turns into another form of rhythm."

Jones' competition is growing.

Stores like Guestroom Records and Astro Black have popped up within the last few years.

Underground Sounds in the Highlands just celebrated its 20 year anniversary this month.

But what about the future of CDs?  Jones says people want both.

"If you're going to listen to classic or any soft music, then we still suggest to try to find it on CD," said Jones. But if you're listening to rock n' roll, soul and jazz, you're going to want the record."

After the closing of Ear X-tacy in 2011, people weren't sure if record stores would be around Louisville for much longer.

"But we're not going anywhere. Not until I say we do," Jones reassured.

If you're looking for something special to add to your collection, chances are your local record store will have limited-edition items on Black Friday.

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