Recently, Discogs hit the 8 Million Release milestone. That means more than 8 million singles, EPs and album releases across all physical formats, like vinyl, CD and cassette catalogued in the Discogs database. This is huge. Our database has nearly doubled in size since I began working at Discogs just 3 years ago. This is, of course, thanks to our passionate community that’s growing at an equally impressive rate! In this Diggin’ Into Discogs Data post, I’d like to explore the growth of the database, as well as peek into the latest 1 million releases to see any large term trends that are shaping the future of the database.
Just looking at total release growth, we are seeing an ever-increasing growth rate since Discogs began over 15 years ago. This is very exciting to see, and I’ve estimated that we’ll hit 9 million single and album releases catalogued in the database by the end of September 2017.
Take a look at how quickly single and album releases on the Discogs database have grown:
Instead of looking at total submission growth, another way to view this data is to look at monthly submissions over the years.
Volume of release submissions to the database has increased every year compared to the same month of the previous year:
2016 marked the first year where we had over 100,000 new releases added into the database for every month of the year. This does not include drafts, spam, or deleted releases—only accepted releases!
And of course, we’ve grown the size of our community which certainly helps us achieve those kinds of numbers.
Here’s a look at how many unique contributors have helped build the Discogs database with single and album releases over the years:
This rate of growth is pretty outstanding, and I can’t wait to see what 2017—and the next million or so single and album releases—will look like.
One guess is that that CDs and cassettes will continue to take a portion of the format pie. Vinyl is still by far our most prevalent format submitted to Discogs, but cassettes have been steadily growing in format share since the 1st million releases submitted to Discogs. If you’re one of the submitters worried about digital submissions mucking up the database, rest assured that the percentage of digital submissions has stayed at a fairly constant percentage over the years.
Here’s how the different release formats stack up against each other:
If you’ve ever used the Explore page on Discogs, you may have taken a look at the Most Collected Releases on Discogs. Albums at the top of the list include, as expected, Random Access Memories by Daft Punk, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Thriller by Michael Jackson, and more. The most collected album releases for the most recent 1 million releases, however, looks a bit different.
Here’s the top 10 album releases:
We’ve added another 1 million releases to the database in less than 1 year. That statement amazes me each time I read it. I hope you feel the same. Cheers to everyone involved in making the Discogs database what it is and make sure you keep contributing! We’ll be at 10 million in no time.