Pity the poor EP, that oft-overlooked music format; the middle child between the single and long playing album LP. Often misunderstood and forever caught in format purgatory by digital music services, the EP has languished long enough. Heck, even its name is misleading. Despite its confusing name though, this humble format possesses a flexibility any artist can employ to their advantage. But first, what even is an EP? In the early days of the music industry when vinyl reigned supreme, the single was the only format by necessity. Technology had not evolved enough to fit more than one song on the wax cylinders and brittle shellac discs early sound recordings were cut on. Finally, labels began pressing 78 rpm revolutions per minute records, which were able to fit two songs instead of one on the record due to the thinner grooves.
An extended play record, often referred to as an EP , is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single , but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post said, "EPs—originally extended-play 'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands. EPs were released in various sizes in different eras. The earliest multi-track records, issued around by Grey Gull Records , were vertically cut 78 rpm discs known as "2-in-1" records. These had finer than usual grooves, like Edison Disc Records. Their narrower grooves, achieved by lowering the cutting levels and sound compression optionally, enabled them to hold up to 7. These were usually inch LPs released until the mids split onto two seven-inch EPs or inch LPs split onto three seven-inch EPs, either sold separately or together in gatefold covers.
The Origins of EPs
With TuneCore you can distribute Singles and Albums to the digital stores. Each store has its own way of categorizing content. TuneCore cannot control how the stores group and format their content. If a single track is 10 minutes or longer, iTunes will automatically sell the release at an album price. In iTunes In order for a release to be considered an EP, it must meet one of the following two requirements:. If your release meets the above requirements and you do not have "- EP" in the title of your album, iTunes will automatically insert "- EP" in the title when delivering your album to the store. Pricing To understand how these products are priced within the stores you need to visit each store's description page. How do I create a new release?
In this week's podcast , triple j's Richard Kingsmill and Music News Editor Al Newstead discuss what justifies an album, where the format has been and where it's potentially headed. If you paid to see a movie and it was only 30 minutes long, would you demand a refund? That's TV length, right? Let's put it another way, how long should a film be before you classify it as a feature-length? See where we're going with this? The album format has always differed in lengths but in , we seem to have two extraordinary ends of the spectrum, and they're both being called albums and both finding success with audiences.