EARLY MERCH ADOPTERS
Jack White and Third Man Records have made a career from catering to the niche desires of music nerds, but the tendency dates back to the White Stripes days. In this issue, we highlighted their tiny record player, which played three-inch vinyl and included six Stripes songs specific to the format. Only 400 were made at the time; even then, they were fetching absurd resale prices on the black market.
BETAMAX WARS REDUX
A Betamax/ VHS battle for a new generation, in 2005, HD DVD was actually neck-and-neck in market share with Blu-ray discs in a battle for home entertainment supremacy; in a technology column, we broke down the pros and cons and finally bet on Blu-ray, for its inclusion in the then-new PlayStation 3 alone. We didn’t see streaming coming 13 years ago — what do we know? We’re still making a print magazine.
PEAK OF PRINT
At 104 pages, the November 2005 issue of Exclaim! was the largest ever printed, five months after our 96-page June cover touted that accomplishment on the cover. More than half of those pages were taken up by film, DVD, concert and album reviews.