The Extended Play format (aka EP) is a largely a curiosity item. It can be a way for an artist to get songs out there that didn’t fit into the current album they are promoting. It can also be a way for an artist to get songs out there that aren’t up to the same quality as the songs that made the album. A skeptical viewpoint would be – more product in the marketplace, more money for the artist. Personally, I love the EP when it is done right – a few songs by an artist of high quality, whetting my appetite for a forthcoming album (or acting as a coda to an already released album.