Discogs (short for discographies) is a website and crowdsourced
database of information about audio recordings, including commercial
releases, promotional releases, and bootleg or off-label releases. The
Discogs servers, currently hosted under the domain name discogs.com,
are owned by Zink Media, Inc., and are located in Portland, Oregon,
US. While the site lists releases in all genres and on all formats, it
is especially known as the largest online database of electronic music
releases, and of releases on vinyl media.
Discogs currently contains
over 9 million releases, by over 5 million artists, across over 1
million labels, contributed from nearly 374,000 contributor user
accounts—with these figures constantly growing as users continually
add previously unlisted releases to the site over time.
1.2 Other projects
3 Contribution system
3.1 Version One (V1)
3.2 Version Two (V2)
3.3 Version Three (V3)
3.4 Version Four (V4)
4 Discogs-aware metadata software
4.1 Tag editors
5 See also
7 External links
The discogs.com domain name was registered on 30 August 2000, and
Discogs itself was launched in November 2000 by programmer, DJ, and
music fan Kevin Lewandowski originally as a database of electronic
He was inspired by the success of community-built sites such as
Slashdot, eBay, and Open Directory Project, and decided to use this
model for a music discography database.
The site's original goal was to build the most comprehensive database
of electronic music, organized around the artists, labels, and
releases available in that genre. In 2003 the
Discogs system was
completely rewritten, and in January 2004 it began to support other
genres, starting with hip hop. Since then, it has expanded to include
rock and jazz in January 2005 and funk/soul, Latin, and reggae in
October of the same year. In January 2006 blues and non-music (e.g.
comedy records, field recordings, interviews) were added. Classical
music started being supported in June 2007, and in October 2007 the
"final genres were turned on" – adding support for the Stage &
Screen, Brass & Military, Children's, and Folk, World, &
Country music genres, allowing capture of virtually every single type
of audio recording that has ever been released.
On 30 June 2004,
Discogs published a report, which included
information about the number of its contributors. This report claimed
Discogs had 15,788 contributors and 260,789 releases.
On 20 July 2007 a new system for sellers was introduced on the site
called Market Price History. It made information available to users
who paid for a subscription – though 60 days information was
free – access to the past price items were sold for up to 12
months ago by previous sellers who had sold exactly the same release.
At the same time, the US$12 per year charge for advanced subscriptions
was abolished, as it was felt that the extra features should be made
available to all subscribers now that a better, some may say fairer,
revenue stream had been found from sellers and purchasers. However, at
the beginning of 2008, the Market Price History was also made free of
charge for all users, still giving up to a 12-month view of historical
sales data for any release.
Discogs publishes information indicating the number of releases,
labels, and artists presently in its database, along with its
30 June 2004
By mid 2004 releases crossed the quarter million mark.
In 2006 releases passed the half million mark.
25 July 2010
By mid 2010 releases crossed the 2m mark.
4 March 2014
By mid 2014 labels had crossed the half million mark.
11 June 2014
In mid 2014 releases were passing the 5m mark.
26 December 2014
By late 2014 contributors surpassed the 200k mark.
30 May 2015
By mid 2015 releases surpassed the 6m mark.
31 March 2016
By early 2016 releases surpassed the 7m mark, and master releases
passed a million.
19 January 2017
By early 2017 releases surpassed the 8m mark, and labels passed a
25 October 2017
By late 2017 releases surpassed the 9m mark, and artists surpassed
the 5m mark.
In mid 2014, a side project website called VinylHub was started,
in order for users to add record shops and stores from around the
world, with information concerning location, contact details, what
type of items they stocked, et al.
In late 2014, the company released two new beta websites. Filmogs
is where users can submit both Films and Releases as separate
entities, meaning users could add their physical film collections
and/or add films generally to the database, and track them as part of
their collection or similar. Gearogs lets users add and track
music equipment like synths, drum machines, and other electronic music
At the start of 2015, the company began another beta project —
Bibliogs. Users can submit information about their books, physical
or electronic, different versions and editions, and also connect
different credits (writers, illustrators, translators, publishers,
etc.) to these books. 21,000 books were submitted by the end of 2016.
The project was in beta phase until 15th August 2017 when it
reached more than 31,000 book titles, and rebranded without clear
explanation to Bookogs.com, obviously because of legal issues with the
old name Bibliogs, and removed 'Beta state' notice from the main page.
The next day the 'Marketplace Beta' feature was presented.
Comicogs launched around the same time as Bookogs, as a means for
comic collectors and enthusiasts to catalog their collections and
create an archive of comic releases. Similar to Bookogs, users can
contribute comics, manga, graphic novels, and strips to the database,
along with information on credits, publishers, writers, etc. 18,000
comics were submitted by the start of 2018. The Comicogs marketplace
was launched on 23rd August 2017, allowing users to buy and sell
comics from across the world.
In September 2017, the company launched Posterogs. Posterogs was
Discogs site to launch a database and marketplace
simultaneously. The scope of Posterogs was left broad at the time
of launch, with the company opting to let the community define what
type of posters should be included in the database. As users have
contributed posters to the database, the primary focus seems to be
music posters, such as gig posters, album promo posters, and tour
posters - which is in keeping with Discogs' music theme, though there
are also many film posters in the database. As with all other
databases, users can save posters to their 'Collection' and 'Wantlist'
and buy and sell in the marketplace.
In mid-August 2007,
Discogs data became publicly accessible via a
RESTful, XML-based API and a license that allowed specially attributed
use, but did not allow anyone to "alter, transform, or build upon" the
data. The license has since been changed to a public
domain one. Prior to the advent of this license and API,
was only accessible via the
Discogs web site's
HTML interface and was
intended to be viewed only using web browsers. The
remains the only authorized way to modify
On 7 June 2011 version 2 of the API was released. Notable in this
release was that a license key was no longer required, the default
response was changed from
XML to JSON, and the 5000 queries per day
limit was removed (although a limit of 2000 image lookups per days was
On 1 November 2011 a major update to version 2 of the API was
released. This new release dropped support for XML, data is always
JSON format, however the monthly data dumps of new data
are only provided in
On 1 February 2014
Discogs modified their API so that image requests
will now require
OAuth authorization, requiring each user of
third-party applications to have a
Discogs "application ID", with
image requests now limited to 1,000 per day. Additionally the Premium
API service was dropped.
On 24 June 2014
Discogs deprecated their
XML API in lieu of a
Discogs also allows full
XML downloads of its Release, Artist, and
Label data through the data.discogs.com subdomain.
The recommendations API is not publicly available.
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The data in
Discogs comes from submissions contributed by users who
have registered accounts on the web site. The system has gone through
four major revisions.
Version One (V1)
All incoming submissions were checked for formal and factual
correctness by privileged users called "moderators", or "mods" for
short, who had been selected by site management. Submissions and edits
wouldn't become visible or searchable until they received a single
positive vote from a "mod". An even smaller pool of super-moderators
called "editors" had the power to vote on proposed edits to artist
& label data.
Version Two (V2)
This version introduced the concept of "submission limits" which
prevented new users from submitting more than 2-3 releases for
moderation. The number of possible submissions by a user increased on
a logarithmic scale. The purpose of this was two-fold: 1) it helped
keep the submission queue fairly small and manageable for moderators,
and 2) it allowed the new user to acclimatise themselves slowly with
the many formatting rules and guidelines of submitting to Discogs.
Releases required a number of votes to be accepted into the database -
initially the number of votes required was from 4 different moderators
but in time the amount was decreased to 3 and then 2.
Version Three (V3)
V3 launched in August 2007. Submission limits were eliminated,
allowing each user to submit an unlimited number of updates and new
entries. New releases added to the database were explicitly marked as
"Unmoderated" with a top banner, and updates to existing items, such
as releases, artists, or labels, were not shown (or available to
search engines or casual visitors) until they were approved by the
Version Four (V4)
This system launched on 10 March 2008. New submissions and edits
currently take effect immediately. Any time a new release is added or
old release edited, that entry becomes flagged as needing "votes"
(initially, "review," but this term caused confusion). A flagged entry
is marked as a full yellow bar across a release in the list views and,
like version three, a banner on the submission itself – although,
initially, this banner was omitted.
Any item can be voted on at any time, even if it isn't flagged. Votes
consist of a rating of the correctness & completeness of the full
set of data for an item (not just the most recent changes), as
assessed by users who have been automatically determined, by an
undisclosed algorithm, to be experienced & reliable enough to be
allowed to cast votes. An item's "average" vote is displayed with the
The ranking system has also changed in v4. In v3, rank points were
only awarded to submitters when a submission was "Accepted" by
moderator votes. While in v4, rank points are now awarded immediately
when a submission is made, regardless of the accuracy of the
information and what votes it eventually receives, if any.
Discogs-aware metadata software
Main article: Tag editor
MP3 Tagger – single release tagger
foobar2000 – freeware media player and music management software
with a plugin
Helium Music Manager – music management software with a plugin
Jaikoz – shareware OS X/Windows/
Linux spreadsheet-based tag editor
Kid3 – open-source project, tagger for all common music formats
Mp3tag – freeware tag editor, batch and spreadsheet interfaces
OrangeCD Catalog – music management software
puddletag – a free and open-source tag editor written for PyQt
taghycardia – freeware, automated
Linux audio file tagger
TagScanner – freeware tag editor with Discogs, FreeDB,
The GodFather – freeware tag editor
The Tagger –
MP3 and AAC formats tag editor for OS X
TigoTago – spreadsheet-based tag editor
MP3 Filenamer – online
MP3 file name generator, based on Discogs
Discogs Bar –
Discogs navigation and search control toolbar for
Album Art Downloader –
Discogs cover art downloads
Discogs – Perl module for interfacing with the
XLD (X Lossless Decoder) – a CD ripper and audio file converter for
Music Collector – Music database software by collectorz.com
List of online music databases
Global Electronic Music Marketplace
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