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How a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records
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How a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records

Once upon a time the 45 and the LP were rival formats.
This video tells the story how RCAs beef with Columbia ended up shaping the future of popular music...

Thanks and full credit to Techmoan.

I grew up in the 60's and 70's using a variety of consumer-playback vinyl records 33, 45 and 78 rpm (also reel-to-reel tape recorders/players).

I find it interesting that the 'units of music' or time-of-listening to a single performance was based on the technical limitations of the format rather than on the duration and periodicity of traditional live performances.

Whereas vinyl required 'disc-jockeying' and tape 'reel-wrangling,' the performance-playback time of tape seemed to offer a deeper and more consuming auditory experience...enough time for the trance to develop...enough time for musical movements and motifs to develop.

Conversely, having zero constraints on time and data volume, the digital format offers a different type of limitation...eternity.
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