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Extended play

Musical recording longer than a single but shorter than a full album / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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An extended play (EP) is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album or LP record.[1] Contemporary EPs generally contain up to eight tracks and have a playing time of 15 to 30 minutes.[2] An "EP" is usually less cohesive than an album and more "non-committal".[3]

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Extended-play vinyl record of Michael Nesmith's "I Fall to Pieces" with four tracks

An extended play (EP) originally referred to a specific type of 45 rpm phonograph record other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and 33 rpm long play (LP),[4] but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.[5] EPs are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album, and have long been popular with punk and indie bands.[1][6] In K-pop they are usually referred to as mini albums.[1]

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