Columbia LP Record


65 years ago today (21 June 2013), Columbia introduced the 33-1/3 RPM LP record format.  Since then, many other formats have come, and most have gone.  An incomplete list includes:

With sales a fraction of what they were at their peak, the LP remains a viable and slightly growing format.  Meantime CD, DVD, and BluRay sales are softening, and all seem destined to be replaced by streaming and downloaded experiences.

There is a terrific interactive timeline of Columbia worth scanning.  And don’t miss this video on the manufacture of records.

Looks like a long life for the LP.  Happy Birthday.