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Early record albums were packages of 78 RPM records in book form

An album is a sound recording format first used in gramophone (phonograph) records, and later in other analog recording and digital recording media. Audio albums in physical form often have decorative covers and liner notes, and sometimes other background information such as analysis of the recording, and lyrics or librettos.<ref name="Album Cover Art Series">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="The history of the CD - The 'Jewel Case'">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Historically, the term "album" was applied to a collection of various items housed in a book format. In musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century.<ref name="Mendelssohn And Schumann">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Later, collections of related 78rpm records were bundled in book-like albums<ref name="">Cross, Alan (15 July 2012) Life After the Album Is Going to Get Weird.</ref> (one side of a 78 rpm record could hold only about 3.5 minutes of sound). When long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album; the word was extended to other recording media such as compact disc, MiniDisc, Compact audio cassette, and digital albums as they were introduced.<ref name="About Vinyl Records" />

The introduction of CDs to radio caused a crisis for a generation of DJs, who were uncertain of whether an album of music on a CD should still be called an album, as they were accustomed to 33-rpm LPs, which they considered synonymous with albums.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Album sections
Intro  History  Length  [[Album?section=Tracks{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}|Tracks{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}]]   Vinyl records   Compact cassette  Compact disc  MP3 albums, and similar  Studio album  See also  References  

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