Album vs Ep might sound the same to you but there is a huge difference. With my experience in dealing with artists, I see a lot of artists who are actually struggling financially jumping straight to releasing an album instead of taking it slowly by considering EP.
If you are consistent in the music industry then you should have listened to a series of EPs and Albums. During our internal research, we discovered that the majority of fast-rising artists don’t actually know when to go for an EP and why they should also consider an Album.
Below you will get complete facts about EP and Album. You will be able to know what EP and Album are and how they are implemented in the music industry. So let’s begin.
- What is an EP?
- EP Vs Album
- iTunes Will Qualify Your Release as EP if:
- Spotify will Qualify Your Release As EP if:
What is an EP?
EP stands for “Extended play record” in which artist records their music to sell in the market. It is a physical method of song storage which means you can store your music/songs on vinyl.
In this Extended play record, you can store more than one song. It can store a minimum of three songs and a maximum of six songs and also is a time-consuming and less expensive method.
It has less capacity of storage than an album you cannot store the series of songs in an Extended play record.
EP is discovered when less or no resource is available to record more than one song because when you start your business as a musician you should take the small steps you can record four to six songs in Extend play and can be sold for your promotion purpose. It is a smart way to promote music both physically and Online also the best method for newbies who don’t have enough money to spend on huge albums.
EP Vs Album
As we discussed that extended play record has the capacity of more than one song and a limit of six songs. But the album has more capacity for songs and has the same series of songs.
Know that Album is a time-consuming and money-saving method. If you want to launch your new music series then record your songs in an album, it’s a great method.
It is also a good way to promote your new music series to the audience who was exciting and waiting for your new song series but be ready to spend more money to promote it.
You can record different categories of songs in the vinyl that’s called EP, but in the album, you can just make a series of songs.
For example: if you are launching sad and pop songs in one album that is not a good idea, you should launch the series of POP songs in one album and sad songs in another album.
But in EP it is not necessary to launch your music in series. You can launch sad and pop songs in an extended play record (EP).
Launching albums is good for those artists who have enough money to spend in their music business. If you are going to start your music promotion then start with recorded vinyl which is the cheapest method to promote music and a great and easy source for a newbie to start their business.
After getting popular you can launch your own series of songs in an album.
If you are deciding to work on physical music promotions then you can now decide which method is suitable for you. If you are experienced in the music industry then go for the album and launch your song series now.
Some bonus facts before you leave.
iTunes Will Qualify Your Release as EP if:
The release has a total of one to three (1-3) tracks, one or more of the tracks is/are 10 minutes or longer and the entire release is less than 30 minutes.
The release has a total of four to six (4-6) tracks and the entire release is less than 30 minutes.
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.
Spotify will Qualify Your Release As EP if:
The release is under 30 minutes.
The release has 4-6 tracks.
Spotify will not change the title of your release.
I hope you are able to know now the right time to launch your EP and or Album.