Video single (1983 – 1990s)

Video singles (also known as videotape singles or Video 45s) were music singles in video form, mostly released on VHS but sometimes BetamaxVideo 8 or LaserDisc.

The first video singles were released in 1983, but were not a huge commercial success due to the high retail price of £10.99 (for the Human League Video Single for example), compared to £1.99 for a 7-inch vinyl single.

Subsequent releases were relatively rare, and the technology was superseded by CD Video (itself an unsuccessful format), then audio CDs with computer-accessible video files, followed by DVD singles and CD+DVD releases.

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