Vinyl is a substance most commonly associated with the greatest of all recording media, records (shiny tight clothing is also made of vinyl, I suppose). Records are pressed with an analog format, no 1s and 0s like we are more used to. This lends a more "full" feeling to the recording. Although records are far more fragile than CDs, they can be messed around with while playing, sped up, slowed down, stopped, moved backwards, etc, and the sound changes accordingly. Much more fun than CDs.