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Ongoing History Daily: What format should you use for a release? How about all of them?

Musicians have some choices to make when they release music today. You need a digital version of your music, including a YouTube video. You might want to put your album on video. People still buy CDs, so that’s a consideration. And if you want to cover all your bases, you’ll at least look at a cassette version.

But then there’s Jeremy Heiden. He’s a musician, DJ, producer, and radio host who wanted to use all available formats. In 2017, he released an album entitled Blue Wicked. It came as a digital stream and download, a CD, on vinyl, and cassette. But it was also released on MiniDisc, Digital Compact Cassette, vinyl picture disc, DVD, Blu-ray, 8-track, and 7-inch reel-to-reel tape. He also considered 78 RPM records and Digital Audio Tape.

The only thing missing from the list was Laserdisc. Hey, you don’t want to leave anyone out, right? More next time.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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  • No wax cylinder version?

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