The EP was developed from the 45 rpm single format one songit had the same format as a single, but several songs instead of one. Mixtapes came much later, and were usually non-licensed bootleg compilations made by individuals using cassette tapes. The creation and exchange of mixtapes was an important form of social interaction in the 's and 90's, as chronicled in the movie High Fidelity.
In modern times, LPs and EPs are official releases. An LP is a standard length album, an EP usually has three to five songs. Mixtapes are typically unofficial releases, either because they are unlicensed or because they are being released free for promotional purposes or both --for example, Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra. Occasionally a "mixtape" will be released officially for sale --in this case, the term is being used largely to indicate it belongs in the same genre as the old street mixtapes.
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