I recently finished importing all my CDs into iTunes in order of plopping them onto my iPod. As all good music playing software does, iTunes is happily finding all the song titles & artist/group names – fantastic!
The problem I’ve got is what defines a single. Originally vinyl singles were accompanied by second song on the B-side of the record. Then CDs were commonly backed by 2 “B-sides”. Nowadays, singles come with 2, 3 or more B-sides. So how do you know when a single becomes an EP?
I’ve always followed the rule that singles have 2 B-sides only. Therefore, if a CD has 3 or more bonus tracks, then it becomes an EP. But, if a CD consists of 4 or more tracks of which, the B-sides are all remixes, then it reverts to a single.
However, this does become confusing. If track 1 is the single, track 2 is a remix & tracks 3 – 5 are different songs, then again I label this an EP.
I want to know so I can create Smart Playlists of EPs & singles. So what is the real answer? Does anybody know?