THEY really love Australia, those Coldplay lads, don’t they? Last year it was a quick wham, bam thank you Woodford as they flew in from Japan to play at Splendour in the Grass festival. No sooner had they left the stage than they were on a bus back to the airport and to London to finish off Mylo Xyloto, their fifth album, which has gone double platinum (140,000) in Australia. Next week they’re back, this time to Sydney for two days. It seems an awfully long way to come, especially having just performed at the Grammys in Los Angeles this weekend and with a performance at the Brit Awards in London scheduled on February 21. Strange timing, too, for a promo visit, given that the album has been out for months. Could it be there will be more than just a performance on 2Day FM and on Sunrise to keep them busy while they’re here? A quick look at their 2012 touring schedule shows a pretty big gap after August, so it could be we’ll get an announcement about Australian dates from them as well. NICE to see rock veteran Neil Young weighing into the technology debate last week over the merits or otherwise of digital recordings. Young was speaking at the D: Dive Into Media Conference in California and, among other things, said that digital guru Steve Jobs was to be admired for advancing the way in which we consume music, ‘‘but when he went home he listened to vinyl’’. The resurgence in vinyl sales illustrates how some consumers are after a quality of sound that is simply not available through the condensed files on a computer. Young, one of the most accomplished and respected songwriters of the modern era, says he is fighting to preserve and indeed rescue an art form that he has been involved in for 50 years. No one can argue that good vinyl on good equipment doesn’t sound superior to CD or digital files. Vinyl purists have been making that case since the days of cassettes. Yet for all Young and others’ good intentions — not least the record producers who do their best to make music sound great — I can’t help thinking it’s a losing battle. A new generation of music lovers is already well used to the digital means of delivery and reproduction. Obviously I’m a music fan, but I’ve never really rallied to the cause of hi-fi. ‘‘If you like it play it loud and play it often’’ has been enough to get the juices flowing around SDHQ. THERE were several announcements last week of new albums in the pipeline I suspect will sound rather good no matter what you play them on. One of the most anticipated is Rufus Wainwright’s Out of the Game, which is released on April 20. The album, recorded with producer du jour Mark Ronson, is Wainwright’s first album of new pop material since 2007’s Release the Stars and features his sister Martha Wainwright, members of Wilco, the Dap Kings and Sean Lennon.