An extended play (EP) is a muisical recordin that contains mair muisic than a single, but is too short tae qualify as a full studio album or LP. The term EP oreeginally referred tae specific teeps o vinyl records ither than 78 rpm staundart play (SP) records an LP records,[1] but it is nou applee'd tae mid-lenth Compact discs an muisic dounloads as well. Ricardo Baca o The Denver Post said, "EPs—originally extended-play 'single' releases that are shorter than tradeetional albums—hae lang been popular wi punk an indie baunds."[2] In the Unitit Kinrick, the Official Chart Company defines a boondary atween EP an album classification at 25 minutes o lenth or fower tracks (no coontin alternative versions o featured sangs, if present).[3][4]

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  2. Baca, Ricardo (4 Januar 2010). "As albums fade away, music industry looks to shorter records". The Denver Post. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 21 Julie 2010.
  3. "Official UK Charts Singles Rules" (PDF). Archived frae the original (PDF) on 13 Januar 2012. Retrieved 12 Juin 2013.
  4. Official Rules For Chart Eligibility — Albums