Discogs 15th Anniversary!

Kevin Lewandowski working on Discogs
Hi All,
This month Discogs turns 15 years old. This is pretty special to me as Discogs began as a hobby to catalog obscure techno and drum n bass music. Back then it was literally a scrap Pentium II server in my closet. And now, thanks to all of the site’s contributors and users, we’re still here and bigger and better than ever. It’s really incredible the type of impact that Discogs has, and that wouldn’t have happened without the 250,000+ people who have submitted information to Discogs. Thank You Community!!

Over the years we’ve grown to include all types of music, to the point where we have nearly 7 million unique releases in the Database. In 2005 we opened our Marketplace for people to buy and sell music within Discogs. Today we’re still on that original mission, but expanded, “to catalog all music”. We’re also tinkering with some new things like a The Official Discogs App, Database of Record Shops, and Turntable Database.
Thanks again everyone!! Here’s to the next 15 years and beyond.
Kevin Lewandowski

Founder, Discogs
From the Discogs Vaults:

How Discogs started out
This video shows how Discogs has evolved over the years:


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  • […] began as a hobby to catalog obscure techno and drum n bass music. You can read more in this blog and see how it has evolved since in this […]

  • Nov 17,2015 at 20:17

    i’ve been here on and off every few years, hoping that things would get better. but they keep getting more confusing and harder to use (especially search).

    i do contribute, but not that much.

    well, i’ll keep checking and hoping things will improve to make the site more useable.

    good luck

  • teo
    Nov 17,2015 at 11:43

    Wow, thanks for all the comments everyone. It means a lot.

    I still remember you old-timers :)

  • Nov 17,2015 at 04:20

    Thank you, Discogs! Thanks God you exists! Congratulations from Brazil!!!

  • Nov 17,2015 at 00:37

    I miss the yellow label on logo, please come back!!
    Cheers!!!

  • Nov 16,2015 at 19:16

    Congrats, Kevin, and thanks for giving Discogs to the world!

  • Nov 16,2015 at 19:13

    Kevin,

    Thanks for your amazing efforts. My wife and I love and use your site almost daily, it’s an invaluable resource. Happy anniversary and many happy returns!!!

  • Nov 16,2015 at 06:29

    Congrats Kevin! Such a great achievement for Discogs and most importantly the community!

  • Nov 16,2015 at 04:13

    ♫ ♪congratulations, a great achievement ! ♫♪

  • Nov 15,2015 at 23:10

    Congratulations! I’m glad to have been part of this for almost 12 years now :)

  • Nov 15,2015 at 14:28

    congrats to all. still proud to say i name-checked you as my fave website in a job interview in 2007 (you were user generated and policed before it was cool). they didn’t understand FWIW.

    would love to see an extension of discogs for ‘Unreleased’ someday. i’ve had several tapes etc pass through my hands from significant artists that never saw the light of day. usually one-offs or distributed to friends. it’s the hidden underworld of music. also the holy grail for the most hardcore of collectors.

    best of luck for the next 15.

  • Nov 15,2015 at 01:51

    The fact that you saved a screenshot of your announcment blows my mind… Did you know it will be big?

  • Nov 15,2015 at 00:35

    i love you discogs, stay alive :-)

  • Nov 14,2015 at 22:34

    Awesome site Kevin, I enjoy it immensely !!!!!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 16:39

    Thank you Kevin, for the Hours and years i have spent searching for records which i have lost / damaged and now found! Happy birthday to you and your team at Discogs. LeeJunior

  • Nov 14,2015 at 15:48

    Great news. The site is only getting better and better.

  • Nov 14,2015 at 13:37

    Super site keep up the good work.phil

  • Nov 14,2015 at 12:49

    Happy anniversary!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 10:56

    Hello Kevin,

    Congratulations! I love Discogs!
    Many thanks.

    Martin

  • Nov 14,2015 at 08:11

    LMAO I had that same iMac in 2002 (and I think it’s still in my attic somewhere). Glad to be here for 12 of those 15 years! One of the best ideas for music collectors in modern times!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 07:26

    Congrats to you and Discogs – a fine database –
    however I must caution you – your average voting is at 2.77 – if you are not careful you’ll end up in the CIP…. lol :-)
    Take care and thanks for creating this wonderful tool ! Regards, Joe

  • Nov 14,2015 at 07:14

    Congrats Kevin!
    BE MERRY & DANCE ♫ ♫ ♫
    TOAST! :D :D :D

  • Nov 14,2015 at 05:35

    happy anniversary and thanks for all the good music I could and still can find thanks to this incredible database!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 05:22

    Congrats teo, or should i say kevinsl, as the old guard remember you :) When I signed up for Discogs 14 years ago, I had no idea it would become some a major part of my life. I’ve made many life long friends around the world through Discogs. You’ve built something amazing here. Here’s to many more years!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 05:10

    Congratulations and many thanks – it’s been a trip and long may it continue.

  • nik
    Nov 14,2015 at 03:15

    Congratulations Kevin and Discogs! I feel really lucky to be involved here. It is such an amazing resource and project, a quarter of a million collectors and music enthusiasts from around the world adding one record at a time for 15 years adds up to an incredible database of music!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 03:01

    Thanks for this!

  • Nov 14,2015 at 02:34

    Great job in bringing is all together !!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 22:15

    Congrats [u=teo]! You’ve given all of us music nerds a near-infinite resource to geek out on on the daily. “Collecting” life without it would be drab, dull, and frankly not detailed enough. Who knew that a hobby would turn in to this? Here’s to the next 15!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 21:21

    first release made in? PHP/MySQL or ??? curious…

  • Nov 13,2015 at 18:31

    Wahoo, Happy 15th Anniversary to Discogs!

    Thanks to Kevin and each any every one of our database contributors, music-fanatics, audio-catalogers, data-nerds, and vinyl-devotees for helping maintain such a fantastic resource for music-lovers all over the world! As a music geek with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science I can’t think of more perfect community to be part of. :)

  • Nov 13,2015 at 17:44

    Congratulations Kevin, and long live Discogs!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 16:52

    Congratulations Kevin and thanks to all that have made this site and community thrive. I’m looking forward to the next 15!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 16:45

    Discogs = win

  • Nov 13,2015 at 16:20

    One of the best sites on the web, period!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 14:49

    More congrats from me, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Discogs not long after it started and I was hooked from day one and taking CDs into work at a call centre and submitting them while I was providing dial up internet technical support. I had a few breaks in the early years (mostly when my submission limit was maxed out and I waited for votes) but always came back enthused. This site was a big factor in helping me decide to become a librarian and now I get paid to catalogue music and books. Thanks [u=teo].

  • Nov 13,2015 at 14:01

    Simply awesome work – I use the site every day. Thanks for all the hard work and here’s to the next 15 years and beyond…

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:46

    I’ve spent way too much time on this site back in the early days. Mostly as a submitter, then later reviewing the submission queue. But I also recollect at one point “hacking” the forums and writing some javascript for the submission form, can’t remember if it ever got used.

    Discogs has always come across as a professional run, well taught out website. I’m glad to see that 15 years later it’s still independently run by the same, dedicated person who has worked hard to turn his hobby into a real business.

    As a user I’m glad the site still hasn’t been aquired by a giant corporation, and isn’t plastered with advertisements or is using my profile to send me targeted “promotions”. All thanks to the marketplace and the genuine intentions of Kevin.

    Contgratulations, and thank you! Hope there will be many more milestones like these :)

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:39

    Congratulation discogs – you cost me 1 marriage and too much cash to count but i still can’t do without you

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:32

    Congratulations Discogs and Kevin Lewandowski !
    You created a good and safe place for music registry !

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:28

    Congratulations!

    Keep it open – it has become an extremely helpful site.
    One cannot say this about a lot of other places in the net …

    Greetings from Leipzig, Germany

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:27

    Salut! For being one of the core pillars the internets. By the people, for the people, MUSIC!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 13:11

    Congratulations. Where would we be without Discogs. I joined in February 2006 and it’s been one of those websites I visit almost daily ever since. Here’s to the next 15!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 12:58

    Congrats! I’m glad to have played a small part in the development of the site (apart from my own submissions I’ve fixed many artists & labels). It’s amazing to think of how the site has changed since I joined 14 years ago.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 12:58

    Congratulations, happy anniversary! Arrived four years ago and make me happy every day!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 12:54

    ah that video brings back memories. thanks for all the hard work over the years and here’s to another 15..

  • wiu
    Nov 13,2015 at 12:50

    I’m guessing the huge jump in releases 2008-2010 was down to all that shitty Tech-House and Minimal being churned out…

    Seriously though, congrats Discogs! Amazing site which is a huge resource for discovering new music and so much more. I would literally cry if Discogs ever closed.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 12:23

    thanks & props to kevin aka [u=teo] for pulling this off!
    best wishes & greetings from kompaktkiste bassment :-)
    cheers, wolf.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 11:52

    I hope there’s still some of the first-wave discogs users still active on the site on their original accounts. These guys put together the guidelines from scratch and thrashed out what was needed on the sub forms.

    Back when I signed up people were selected as mods (not voters, mods) by recommendation of all things. Back then it was just electronic/dance music. Back then no-one could even see your submission in the database until it received 4 Yes votes. Back then it felt like we the gatekeepers to the integrity of the database (not necessarily a good thing of course). There wasn’t even a marketplace like the form you see now until middle of 2005.

    There’s been runctions down the line like the First Mod War which occurred not long before I joined and the build-up and implementation of the V4 moderating system which accounted for a lot of downing of tools and oggercides – oh and any time the marketplace fees have gone up but here we still are. We may suffer takedown requests, websubmitters, fakers, bootleggers and grumpy middle-aged record shop owners from the American Mid-West but Discogs as a site and a community will remain.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 11:52

    Crazy, congratulations to the founders and associates, you got us all addicted to your beautiful and entrancing website. Happy to be a submitter for over 10 years myself ;) Cheers!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 11:30

    Since I stumbled across this site shortly after its creation, I’d be hard pressed to think of a time that I’ve been sitting at my computer and haven’t visited Discogs. It’s a near daily occurrence and then multiple times per day at that. Thanks for providing the ultimate music database! I honestly don’t know what I would do without this site.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 11:28

    teo doesn’t look a day older today! Awesome and congrats!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 11:22

    Nice video, love this site, I try to add stuff daily.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 10:49

    Words can’t describe my thanks to Kevin and all the Discogs community. To another 15 years.

  • Nov 13,2015 at 09:32

    Congrats [u=teo] and special thanks to all who have contributed to the Discogs mission over the last 15 years. We wouldn’t be here without such a passionate community of music lovers!

    Cheers!

  • Nov 13,2015 at 08:13

    ♪ cheers to you ♫ & vodka/martini, Maxi, tonite in mind @-)@

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