Nov. 2005

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - JAMES KEAST

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.

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