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Web address
Commercial? Partially
Type of site
Registration Optional
Available in English (US)
Partial translations into:
Chinese (Simplified),
English (UK),
Norwegian (Bokmål),
Portuguese (Brazil),
Portuguese (Portugal),
Owner Zink Media, Inc.
Created by Kevin Lewandowski
Launched November 2000
Revenue Advertisement (logging-in removes all ads), Marketplace Seller Fees
Alexa rank
1,047 (October 2015)[1]

Discogs, short for discographies, is a website and 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, 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 6 million releases, by 3.9 million artists, across over 743,000 labels, contributed from nearly 238,000 contributor user accounts – with these figures constantly growing as users continually add previously unlisted releases to the site over time.[2][3]


  • History 1
    • Milestones 1.1
    • Other projects 1.2
  • API 2
  • Contribution system 3
    • Version One (V1) 3.1
    • Version Two (V2) 3.2
    • Version Three (V3) 3.3
    • Version Four (V4) 3.4
  • Discogs-aware Meta-Data Software 4
    • Tag editors 4.1
    • Other 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The domain name was registered in August 2000, and Discogs itself was launched in November 2000 by programmer, DJ, and music fan Kevin Lewandowski originally as a database of electronic music.[4]

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

  • Discogs – official site
  • Discogs wiki – Discogs own wiki site, for discussions on issues and future feature ideas

External links

  1. ^ " Site Info".  
  2. ^ a b "Explore on Discogs". Discogs. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Discogs Contributors". Discogs. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. contributor#: 237,967 
  4. ^ Carnes, Richard (26 March 2010). "Discogs: Vinyl revolution".  
  5. ^ "What/Why v2.0?". Discogs. Archived from the original on 22 June 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "VinylHub". 
  8. ^ "Filmogs". 
  9. ^ "Gearogs". 
  10. ^ Lewandowski, Kevin (August 2007). "Open Data + API". Discogs (Discogs News forum post). Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  11. ^ a b Lewandowski, Kevin (August 2007). "Discogs Data License". Discogs. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  12. ^ Lewandowski, Kevin (August 2007). "Discogs API Documentation". Discogs. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  13. ^ "Terms of service changes". Discogs (forum thread). 15 June 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  14. ^ "API v2.0". Discogs. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "API v2.0 Improvements". Discogs. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "API Changes". Discogs. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Discogs News - Discogs Version 3 - Part 1". Discogs. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Lewandowski, Kevin (February 2008). "Restructuring of Moderation/Voting System". Discogs. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  19. ^ Various (October 2008). "Fastest grown user". Discogs. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  20. ^ Sergey Serkov. "TagScanner - Многофункциональный редактор тэгов". 
  21. ^ "taghycardia :: mp3 folders & tags normalizer :: official website". 


See also

  • MP3 Filenamer – online MP3 file name generator, based on Discogs release data.
  • Discogs Bar – Discogs navigation and search control toolbar for Firefox.
  • Album Art Downloader – Discogs cover art downloads.
  • WWW::Discogs – Perl module for interfacing with the Discogs API.
  • XLD (X Lossless Decoder) – a CD ripper and audio file converter for OS X with Discogs support


  • ASMT MP3 Tagger – single release tagger with Discogs support.
  • foobar2000 – freeware media player & music management software with a plugin for Discogs support.
  • Helium Music Manager – music management software with a plugin for Discogs support.
  • Jaikozshareware OS X/Windows/Linux spreadsheet-based tag editor with Discogs support
  • Mp3tagfreeware tag editor with Discogs support (batch and spreadsheet interfaces).
  • OrangeCD Catalog – music management software with Discogs support.
  • puddletag – a free and open source tag editor written for PyQt
  • Tagog – Linux audio file tagger with Discogs support.
  • TagScanner[20]freeware tag editor with Discogs, FreeDB, support.
  • taghycardia[21]freeware automated MP3 tagger with Discogs support.
  • TigoTago – spreadsheet-based tag editor with Discogs support.
  • The GodFather – freeware tag editor with Discogs script support.
  • The Tagger – MP3 and AAC formats tag editor for OS X with Discogs support.
  • Kid3 – open-source project, tagger for all common music formats with Discogs support.

Tag editors

Discogs-aware Meta-Data Software

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.[19]

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 item's data.[18]

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.

Version Four (V4)

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 moderators.[17]

Version Three (V3)

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 Two (V2)

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 One (V1)

The data in Discogs comes from submissions contributed by users who have registered accounts on the web site. The system has gone through 4 major revisions.

Contribution system

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.[16]

On 1 November 2011 a major update to version 2 of the API was released.[15] This new release dropped support for XML, data is always returned in JSON format, however the monthly data dumps of new data are only provided in XML format.

On 7 June 2011 version 2 of the API was released.[14] 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 introduced).

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.[10][11][12] The license has since been changed to a public domain one. Prior to the advent of this license and API, Discogs data was only accessible via the Discogs web site's HTML interface and was intended to be viewed only using web browsers.[13] The HTML interface remains the only authorized way to modify Discogs data.[11]


In late 2014, the company released two new beta websites. Filmogs[8] 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[9] lets users add and track music equipment like synths, drum machines, and other electronic music making equipment.

In mid 2014, a side project website called VinylHub[7] 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.

Other projects

Date Releases Artists Labels Contributors Note
30 June 2004 260,789 unknown unknown 15,788 By mid 2004 releases crossed the quarter million mark.
2006 500,000+ unknown unknown unknown In 2006 releases passed the half million mark.
25 July 2010 2,006,878 1,603,161 169,923 unknown By mid 2010 releases crossed the 2 million mark.
4 March 2014 4,698,683 3,243,448 576,324 185,283 By mid 2014 labels had crossed the half million mark.
11 June 2014 4,956,221 3,375,268 612,264 194,432 In mid 2014 releases were passing the 5 million mark.
26 December 2014 5,505,617 3,638,804 680,131 215,337 By late 2014 contributors surpassed the 200 thousand mark.
30 May 2015 6,001,424 3,874,147 743,267 237,967 By mid 2015 releases surpassed the 6 million mark.

Discogs publishes information indicating the number of releases, labels, and artists presently in its database,[2] along with its contributors:[3]


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.

On 30 June 2004, Discogs published a report, which included information about the number of its contributors. This report claimed that Discogs had 15,788 contributors and 260,789 releases.[6]

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 kind of audio recording that has ever been released. blues in October of the same year. In January 2006 reggae, and Latin, soul/funk in January 2005 and jazz and rock. Since then, it has expanded to include hip hop and in January 2004 it began to support other genres, starting with [5]

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