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?
What Determines If Your Record Is an EP?
For independent artists with limited resources, recording a full LP can be costly and very time-consuming. That is why many artists, especially at the start of their career in the music industry, begin by recording EPs. So, the big question is:. An EP is a medium-length album that has a fewer number of songs than an LP or full length album, usually 4 to 6 songs long. This definition strays far away from its original one, so what does EP mean in music? Back in the 20th Century, the term EP stands for Extended Play Record, referred to a type of vinyl record that was played at a different speed than the standard play records SPs and LPs. Whereas, as above an EP has tracks. If you want to successfully record an EP and get it heard by the right people you will have to consider a few things….
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.
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?