Vinyl, on iOS…?
This is exactly what Vnylst is aiming to do.
Vnylst is a new startup currently in the crowdfunding stage. They are hoping to fund their iOS and web app, with the goal of enhancing and supporting the traditional record store experience. Vinyl sales are growing higher, 30% higher than last year to be precise, and buyers are trending younger. Now is the perfect time to supplement this analogue market with digital tools.
The app would allow users to catalogue their record collection using image recognition, giving the ability to appraise and rate titles. Vnylst also aims to foster an online community where users can buy and sell records from their collection, complete with a wish list function, which notifies a user when a desired title becomes available.
Vnylst would provide access to information about music archives that have never been digitized and would allow users to “learn about the recording arts from curators, thought leaders and renowned collectors”. It would also provide functionality that connects users to their local record store.
The people behind the app have decided to take on the crowdfunding aspect themselves, designing their own system on their website complete with a variety of perks. Since officially kicking off last week they have raised %1 of the desired $650,000. Their self-run fundraising doesn’t appear to have an end date, which should allow the project to reach its goal eventually, but could also keep us waiting for a long time.
If you’re feeling skeptical, Vnylst’s supporters include Origami Vinyl and Daedelus.
And, if you’re feeling skeptical over vinyl’s resurgence, take a look at this…