Audio Formats

Music single formats (without packaging)Music and voice recording and playback formats from the 1880s onwards. Some current, most long obsolete. Includes phonograph cylinders and discs, magnetic tapes, optical discs, memory cards, and a few other oddities.

Dates are approximate and refer to availability in the UK or Europe where known, otherwise for US or elsewhere.

Piano roll (1883 – 2008)

Music box disc (1886 – )

Organ cobs (late 1880s – late 1920s)

Graphophone / Dictaphone cylinder (1887 – early 1950s)

Brown wax cylinder (late 1880s to 1906)

Ediphone (1888 – early 1950s)

Pathé cylinder (1894 – 1914)

Wire recording (1898 – 1960s)

Multiple groove phonograph record (1898 – )

10-inch 78 rpm record (1901 – 1960)

Gold-Moulded Records (1902 – 1912)

12-inch 78 rpm record (1903 – mid 1950s)

Gramophone postcard (1903 – 1970s)

Sterling Record (1904 – 1908)

Pathé vertical-cut disc record (1905 – 1932)

Indestructible Record (1907 – 1922)

Amberol Records (1908 – 1912)

Edison Disc Record / Diamond Disc (1912 – 1929)

Blue Amberol Records (1912 – 1929)

The Bell records (1921 – 1926)

Little Marvel (1921 – 1928)

Kiddyphone record (1920s)

Pygmy Gramophone (1923 – 1925)

Picture discs (1920s – )

8-inch 78rpm record (late 1920s – mid 1930s)

Acetate / lacquer disc (late 1920s – )

Electrical Transcription Disc (late 1920s – 1980s)

Victory records (1928 – 1931)

Broadcast Twelve (1928 – 1934)

Professional open reel tape (NAB reel) (1930s – )

Durium record (1932 – 1933)

Voice-O-Graph (1940 – 1960s)

Cardboard record (1940s – 1980s)

SoundScriber (1945 – 1960s)

Audograph (1946 – 1976)

Dictabelt (1947 – 1980)

Voicewriter (late 1940s – 1960s)

10-inch LP (1948 – 1980s)

12-inch LP (1948 – )

¼-inch open reel tape (1949 – 1980s)

Coloured vinyl record (1949 – )

7-inch single (1949 – )

Tefifon (1950 – 1960s)

SoundScriber tape (1950s – 1980s)

Flexi-disk (1950s – )

Minifon wire reel (1951 – 1967)

7-inch EP (1952 – )

Pye magnetic disc (1953 – late 1950s)

Seeburg Background Music Library (1954 – 1960s)

Highway Hi-Fi (1956 – 1959)

Dictaphone Dictet (1957 – early 1960s)

Philips EL 3581 (1958 – early 1960s)

RCA Sound Tape Cartridge (1958-1964)

Seeburg Background Music System (1959 – 1986)

Fidelipac (1959 – late 1990s)

Gala Goldentone (1960 – 1964)

Magnabelt (1961 – 1972)

Echo-matic II (1962 – early 1970s)

4-track (Stereo-Pak) (1962 – 1970)

Compact Cassette (1963 – 2000s)

Grundig EN3 (1964 – 1970s)

8-Track (Stereo 8) (1964 – 1988)

Rediffusion Reditune (1960s – 1980s)

Memocord (1965 – mid 1970s)

3M Cantata 700 (1965 – 1990s)

Music cassette (Musicassette) (1965 – 2003)

PlayTape (1966 – 1970)

Mail Call Letterpack (late 1960s)

Hip Pocket Record (1967 – 1969)

Mini-Cassette (1967 -)

Quadraphonic open reel tape (Q4) (1969 – mid 1970s)

Endless loop Compact Cassette (1969 – 1990s)

Microcassette (1969 -)

Quadraphonic 8-Track (Q8) (1970 – 1978)

Compact Cassette Type II (Chrome / High Bias) (1970 – 2000s)

Steno-Cassette (1971 – )

SQ Quadraphonic (1971 – 1979)

Quadraphonic Sound (QS) (1972 – 1978)

CD-4 (Compatible Discrete 4) / Quadradisc (1972 – 1979)

Audiopak (1972 – 1990s)

10-inch single (1970s – )

12-inch single (1973 – )

Compact Cassette Type III (Ferro-chrome) (mid 1970s – early 1980s)

Elcaset (1976 – 1980)

Luminous vinyl record (1978 – )

dbx disc (1979 – 1982)

Compact Cassette Type IV (Metal) (1979 – late 1990s)

Laser-etched vinyl (1980 – )

5-inch picture disc single (1980s)

Shaped 7-inch single (1980s -)

Cassette single (Cassingle) (1980 – early 2000s)

1+1 music cassette (early 1980s)

Compact Disc (1983 -)

Bandai micro cartridge (mid 1980s)

CD single (1985 – )

Picocassette (1985 – late 1980s)

Scotchcart / Scotchcart II (mid 1980s – late 1990s)

Compact LaserDisc (1986)

CD+G (CD+Graphics) (1986 – )

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)  (1987 – 2005)

Pocket Rockers (1988 – 1991)

Mini CD single (1988 – early 1990s)

CD-BGM (1989 – late 2000s)

9-inch single (1990 – 2007)

Holographic Compact Disc (1991 – 1996)

CD-i Ready (1991 – 1998)

NT (1992 – late 1990s)

Digital Compact Cassette (1992 – 1996)

ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape) (1992 – 2003)

MiniDisc (1992 – 2013)

Compact Disc-Recordable (CD-R) (1992 – )

DTRS (Digital Tape Recording System) (1993 – 2012)

Enhanced CD (1994 – )

High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) (1995 – )

XRCD (1995 – )

Shaped Compact Disc (1996 – )

Compact Disc Digital Audio Recordable (CD-R Audio) (1997 – 2010s)

Yaboom Box (1999 – 2001)

Yaboom MCD Musical Key Chain (1999 – 2001)

HitClips (1999 – 2002)

Super Audio CD (SACD) (1999 – )

Copy-protected Compact Disc (2000 – 2006)

DVD-Audio (2000 -)

Timecode vinyl (2001 – )

e-kara Karaoke Cartridge (2001 – 2009)

VJ Starz Video Karaoke Machine (2002 – mid 2000s)

DataPlay (2002 – mid 2000s)

HitClips Disc (2003 – 2004)

Hi-MD (2004 – 2011)

DualDisc (2005 – 2009)

USB flash drive (2006 – )

microSD card (2007 – late 2000s)

Super High Material CD (2007 – )

Tooth Tunes (2007 – )

VinylDisc (2007 – )

slotMusic (2008 – 2012)

Playbutton (2011 – 2014)

High Fidelity Pure Audio (2013 – )

MQS (2013 – )