So what is a Record exactly?

Shortly after my blog post yesterday talking about public perception of major label strategies, I got pulled up on the term "record" which I used throughout the post. "Don't you mean CD?". Well, yes and no.

Although we commonly use the word "record" to mean vinyl recordings it actually refers to the contents of the media rather than the media itself. So a CD contains a record, an mp3 file contains a record a cassette tape contains a record and a vinyl record contains a record.

Record companies are still called that, even though they may no longer be involved with the manufacture and distribution of vinyl records and record stores are still called that even though they may not actually sell "records" (as in the vinyl sort).

Confused? You should be.

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