In the year of 2000, a site called Discogs launched to 37 users, cataloging techno and drum n bass vinyl. With the arrival and subsequent passing of sub genres over the last fifteen years (electroclash, looking at you) and the infinite amount of long-form think pieces regarding the contemporary validity of vinyl, Discogs has steadily ballooned to north of 2 million users, and has flag-poled itself as the ubiquitous brand for buying, selling, sharing, and discovering vinyl online. It connects users around the globe, and is close to reaching its near impossible mission of cataloging every single piece of recorded music in existence.
To celebrate its decade and a half rise to prominence, Discogs is introducing several new features and angles to discover and trade physical music online, beginning with data transparency on which albums are bought and sold through the platform and how many. Going forward, Discogs will act much like similar ratings and charts, but with more transparency, and with less flaws. The company will update the public on not just trends, but also snack-able bits of information like which item was the most expensive sold for the year. Furthermore, Discogs users will be able to share their own cherrypicked history of buying and selling with the click of a button, to personalize the experience of sharing information.
Throughout the year, the anniversary celebration continues at Discogs with the official iOS App Launch approaching, and the debuts of both Vinylhub (Discogs for record stores) and Gearogs (for turntables). Truly the next year appears to cement Discogs (the largest physical music database in the world) as the brand name in physical music commerce around the world.
Discogs is the user-built database of music; with a catalog of more than 6,300,000 recordings and 4,000,000 artists, Discogs is the largest physical music database in the world. In addition, Discogs connects buyers and sellers across the globe. With more than 10 million items available and thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot for new releases to hard to find gems.