I only started paying for Spotify this year but find myself using it a lot. Essentially the player on Spotify I see as a free music player, and the sound is adequate mostly.
If one was coming fresh to vinyl, playing, collecting, etc you are looking at, a decent turntable £200, amp, £100, speakers, £100 to be looking at (listening to) a good sound. Then theses the vinyl cost, and that isn’t cheap. I steadily add to my vinyl collection like in the instance I give above.
Of course you can listen to vinyl much cheaper but suitcase players are largely awful and will wreck the records. 2nd hand you can get lucky or cherry pick at car boot sales, etc and some 80’s Technics (other brands also) Hi-Fi stack systems, etc can be found cheap.
I love vinyl, but seldom actually play it. I don’t see the records as trophies but I am surprised how versatile Spotify can be.