It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating reaching an impressive 11 million releases in the Discogs Database and here we are again. If we sound excited it’s because we are excited. After Discogs was founded in October 2000, it took 90 months to hit the first million releases in the Database. Nowadays, music in the Database continues to grow at an incredibly fast rate. It’s all thanks to our wonderful contributors everywhere around the world.
Discogs has come a long way in terms of diversity of the music we hold in the database and the process of building it has been a structured one, always asking the community, “where to next?”. During the first few years, Discogs only allowed electronic music releases. A few years later, after consulting our forums, we decided to open the door to hip-hop. The rest is history. Today, Discogs is the website where many genres are represented and where collectors worldwide come to look for their most desired music items.
But what do 12 million releases mean when it comes to contributing? It has become increasingly complicated to find releases that aren’t in the database, especially in some countries that are among the best represented. In my own experience, assisting the live stream of From The Archive 2019, I was expecting that I would have to upload releases to the database on-the-go since the focus of those DJ sets is normally pretty obscure music. In fact, I was surprised to see how wrong I was. No matter how obscure or weird the record was (some of those were selling for high prices on Discogs,) each one of the master releases was already in the database.
While I love to keep this message optimistic, there is still a lot of work to do. Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia releases have been accelerating in the last couple of years. This has been aided by translating the site into Portuguese and Korean in 2019.
It’s really cool to see how, little by little, our database becomes a real reflection of the history of recorded music worldwide. We hope that these trends continue and that we see other countries and areas of the world gain more accurate representation over the years. You’re doing your part and we hope to be doing our part, as well. In the last year, and with the help of our community, we’ve translated all Discogs Database help documentation into French and Spanish. And of course, there are more to come!
Our commitment to all of you remains the same: to become the most comprehensive music database on Earth. Free for everyone, anytime, forever. Thanks a lot for contributing and for your continuous support. We hope to be celebrating 13 million releases before 2021. Will you help us?