The sound record when sold as a physical entity, be it as a short item (a shellac disc or a single), a longer item (LP records or tapes), or a very long item (CD or DVD), has always been accompanied by items of information that relate to it. This information at least functions as a commercial enhancement. In other words, the commercial record is a cultural phenomenon that accepts its buyers into a community that obeys particular rules. The paper makes an overview of the physical embodiment of this information and how it presents the content. However, it is also necessary to look at the inherent, perhaps non-intended information in the sound signal and on the carrier itself.
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