I'm not 100% positive that this is the correct forum for this question, or that it hasn't been asked before. I did a TB search for 'vinyl vs CD release' and only specific releases came up. Our band (originals) is getting to the point where we want to start thinking about recording 4 or 5 of our strongest tracks on an EP to have available to coincide with the debut of our first few gigs. If things continue along the trajectory that they've been ... we're probably looking at April for playing out as an opening band or equivalent. This is my first band, although a few other members do have some recording experience. We're pretty sure we ideally want to release it as a 4 song vinyl 7", with some kind of download code included so it could be more portable for people. As opposed to a 5 song CDep ... which I dislike the idea of. One member suggested that a vinyl only release might limit the number of potential sales due to not as many people own a turntable anymore as compared to a CD player. Fair enough, but I think the inclusion of the material being downloadable will offset that. There was also talk of us burning our own CD copies and stuffing them in with the 7" to have all the bases covered. This band is NOT based on money. We're all older and have dayjobs ... we just want to gig a few times a month around town and hopefully have a few releases and photos to remember it by. Personally, I don't much care for the compact disc, and I see it as only a temporary format that is going to be extinct when the next big thing comes around - ie: digital downloads (they're already here!). I know vinyl is never going to make a full on comeback either, but there is no doubt a niche market for it that has endured throughout the years. I myself own over 1,200 LPs and am always scouring the thrift stores and Goodwills for used stuff ... often with great success! (Sidenote: All the Thrifts have more donated CD players than any other piece of electronic equipment in the past few years.) We're also lucky to live in a city as cool as Seattle where the turntable to CD player ratio is closer than in many parts of the country (Try finding a decent working TT at the Thrifts here ... they're snapped up in minutes!) In an effort to create more space in our 550sq' apartment (with 1,200+LPs, 300+CDs, and 1,000books lining the shelves), my Wife recently put all of our CDs alphabetically in those zipper cases, and tossed out all of the CD hardcases with the back cover artwork in them. Gone! I would hate for something like that to happen to our release. This is not meant to be a debate about the merits of the compact disc versus vinyl as a format. I just wanted to get others feedback around the globe (and especially local peeps) regarding what you are more likely to purchase given the above options ... or maybe you have a better one? I realize that genre has a lot to do with who is going to buy what format as well. Punk rockers never really stopped putting out vinyl etc, and there's collectors who will buy the same record twice just because the vinyl came out on two different colors. Fans of Celine Dion, the Beebs, or anything really mainstream are not buying records. We are not that, nor are we a punk band ... just another post-punk/indie rock band who plays for fun more than anything. For me, if the project fizzles, I would be much prouder ten years down the road to have an EP or an LP to hold and cherish, rather than potentially end up with a product on a dead format (like VHS) or possibly even ending up zippered up with 99 other CDs minus our back of the album artwork What say you collective TB wisdom?