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Discogs
Image:Discogs.Logo.png
URL http://www.discogs.com
Alexa rank 1,058 [1]
Commercial? Partially
Type of site Music
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English
Owner Zink Media, Inc.
Created by Kevin Lewandowski
Launched October 2000
Revenue Advertisement, Marketplace Seller Fees

Discogs, short for discographies, is a website and database of information about music recordings, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and certain 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, USA. Discogs is one of the largest online databases of electronic music releases and is believed to be the largest online database of releases on vinyl media. Across all genres and formats, over 1,019,000 releases are catalogued. It also features listings for over 874,000 artists and over 87,500 labels. The site has around 200,000 visitors a day[citation needed]. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) formerly known as Universal Resource Locator, is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage and many technical documents, it is a synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI); Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for global identifiers of network-retrievable... Alexa Internet, Inc. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... This article is about computing. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Historical records of events have been made for thousands of years in one form or another. ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ... The term domain name has multiple related meanings: A name that identifies a computer or computers on the Internet. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ...

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History

The discogs.com domain name was registered in August 2000, and Discogs itself was launched in October 2000 by programmer, DJ, and music fan Kevin Lewandowski as a database of his private record collection.


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. Slashdot, often abbreviated as /.[1], is a science, science fiction, and technology-related news website owned by SourceForge, Inc. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as dmoz (from , its original domain name), is a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links owned by Netscape that is constructed and maintained by a community of volunteer editors. ...


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 (Version 2), 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" - now adding support for the Stage & Screen, Brass & Military, Children's, and Folk, World, & Country music genres and indeed allowing capture of virtually every single kind of audio recording that has ever been released. For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music, includes the music of all countries in Latin America and comes in many varieties, from the simple, rural conjunto music of northern Mexico to the sophisticated habanera of Cuba, from the symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos to the simple and moving Andean... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Blues music redirects here. ...


On 30 June 2004, Discogs published its last report, which included information about the number of its contributors. This report claims that Discogs has 15,788 contributors and 260,789 releases [1]. On the Discogs homepage there is information indicating the number of releases, labels, and artists presently in the database. In 2006 the number of releases in the database passed the 500,000 mark. is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 20 July 2007 a new system for sellers was introduced on the site called Market Price History (see old pricing here), 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 more 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. is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The subscription business model is a business model that has long been used by magazines and record clubs, but the application of this model is spreading. ...


In mid-August 2007, Discogs data became publicly accessible via a RESTful, XML-based API and a license that allows specially attributed use, but does not allow anyone to "alter, transform, or build upon" the data.[2][3][4] 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.[5] The HTML interface remains the only authorized way to modify Discogs data.[3] “REST” redirects here. ... The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose markup language. ... API and Api redirect here. ... HTML, an initialism of Hypertext Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. ... An example of a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ...


Contribution system

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.


Version One (V1)

All incoming submissions were checked for formal and factual correctness by privileged users, "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 then 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 queue fairly small and manageable for moderators. 2) It allowed the new user to acclimate themselves slowly with the many formatting rules of submitting to discogs. Releases now required two votes to be accepted into the database.


Version Three (V3)

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.


Version Four (V4)

This system launched on March 10, 2008. New submissions and edits currently take effect immediately. Anytime 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. is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


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.[6]


The changes in v4 have been controversial among active users and former moderators because of what is perceived to be a substantially reduced reliability and usability of the database. As a result, a number of long-time users and former moderators have deleted their accounts,[7] and several hundred remaining members -- collectively responsible for the initial submission to the database of over 200,000 releases -- have indicated they would like the site to return to v3.[8]


Software

Tag editors

  • MP3tag - freeware tag editor with Discogs support (batch and spreadsheet interfaces).
  • foobar2000 - freeware media player & music management software with a plugin for Discogs support.
  • ASMT MP3 Tagger - single release tagger with Discogs support.
  • Helium Music Manager - music management software with a plugin for Discogs support.
  • TigoTago - spreadsheet-based tag editor with Discogs support.
  • MP3 Collection Organizer - batch tagger with Discogs support.
  • The GodFather - freeware tag editor with Discogs script support.

The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... A tag editor (or tagger) is a piece of software that supports editing metadata of multimedia file formats, rather than the actual file content. ... The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... A tag editor (or tagger) is a piece of software that supports editing metadata of multimedia file formats, rather than the actual file content. ...

Other

  • MP3 Filenamer - Online MP3 file name generator, based on Discogs release data.
  • Discogs Bar - Discogs navigation and search control toolbar for Firefox.

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See also

This is a list of online music databases: AccuRadio All Brazilian Music All Music Guide BNR Metal Burnt Wolf CADENSA - The catalogue of the British Library Sound Archive CDDB Choral Public Domain Library Color Of My Sound Coris Jpop Page Digitaldreamdoor Disco Record Vault Discogs Diskografi. ...

References

  1. ^ Discogs in Alexa
  2. ^ Kevin Lewandowski (August 2007). Open Data + API (Discogs News forum post). Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
  3. ^ a b Kevin Lewandowski (August 2007). Discogs Data License. Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
  4. ^ Kevin Lewandowski (August 2007). Discogs API Documentation. Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
  5. ^ Terms of service changes (forum thread) (2005-06-15). Retrieved on 2007-08-27.
  6. ^ Kevin Lewandowski (February 2008). Restructuring of Moderation/Voting System. Retrieved on 2008-03-17.
  7. ^ Various (March 2008). Roll of Honour. Retrieved on 2008-03-23.
  8. ^ Various (March 2008). Sign here if you want V3 back.... Retrieved on 2008-03-23.

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External links

  • Discogs.
  • Discogs wiki.

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Discogs at AllExperts (708 words)
Discogs, short for discographies, is a website and database of information about music recordings, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and certain bootleg or off-label releases.
Lewandowski plans to make the data in Discogs available in convenient formats such as XML, but until then, the site's data is only accessible via the HTML interface and is intended to be viewed only using web browsers; attempts to "screen scrape" or use other automated means to interact with Discogs are expressly forbidden.
The Discogs website and its aggregate collection of compiled data are subject to copyright (to the extent that copyright applies to a database and web site consisting of public contributions) and a terms of use agreement, information about which is on the site.
ComputerBase - Lexikon: Discogs (299 words)
Discogs wurde im Oktober 2000 von Kevin Lewandowski gegründet.
Das Vorhaben, Discogs zu einer Open-Source-Datenbank zu erweitern, wurde bisher nicht realisiert.
Discogs tritt hierbei nicht als Händler auf, sondern nur als Vermittler, ähnlich wie eBay.
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