Von: "Dave Radlauer" <[log in to unmask]>
> Somebody probably has better detail on this, but RCA *wanted* a format
> incompatible with the Long Playing 33 & 1/3 that had recently been
> introduced by Columbia. Columbia offered to share the patent, but RCA
> didn't want in and wanted to compete on format . . . at first.
That's folklore. RCA and Columbia were after two different things.
RCA wanted a replacement for the 78 single. Columbia wanted a
replacement for the record album. RCA had been stung by long
playing records before, and didn't think there would be a market
for them. Columbia envisioned singles remaining as 10" 78s.
The development process of the 45 is fully documented in this