Help Discogs Preserve Music History

September at Discogs means S.P.IN, the September Pledge INitiative: our annual drive to fill Discogs with Releases not yet in the Database.

This year, we are attempting to add 150,000 new Releases to the Database.

The Discogs mission is to make the world’s biggest and most comprehensive music database: a site with discographies of all labels, all artists, all cross-referenced. But Discogs is built entirely from volunteer contributions and we need your help.

 

How To Contribute:

  1. Find some musical recordings. Record stores are full of them!
  2. Search for it on Discogs. If it’s not in the Discogs Database, submit it!
  3. You can add Releases to Discogs using the Submission Form
  4. Nice! You saved a piece of history. Now everyone can find and access its information for free.

Tips and Tricks For Becoming an Effective Contributor

For a full breakdown of how Discogs is built and how you can contribute you can read this Overview of How To Contribute To Discogs. For more information, read our quick start guide to adding a Release to Discogs.

How The Database Is Growing

The Discogs Database is a living project. With that in mind, the Database changes as new music is released, format trends change, and power users unearth different kinds of music. In 2018, we found that the growth in the Discogs Database took some interesting turns. Learn more about how the Discogs Database is growing.

The Contributors of Discogs

There are tens of thousands of Contributors to the Discogs Database. However, we can see about 10% of Contributors submit 80% of all Releases. Learn more about these power users in our review of 2018’s top Contributors to the Discogs Database.

Win prizes by contributing to the Discogs Database
during the S.P.IN. submission drive.
View the S.P.IN Leaderboard to check the top contributors and see recent Releases.
Want to join the Discogs community of music lovers?
Sign up for an account here.
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1 Comment
  • Sep 21,2018 at 21:01

    The growth of the database can’t be artificially stimulated. Crowdsourcing insures that it will only grow organically at the rate that benefits its users and nothing more. A lot of what I’m seeing added to the bulk of the database of the last two years seems like records that will never be sellers [non-rock/dance foreign pressing], so monetizing them is not necessarily going to occur. Here’s what will grow the monetization for the owners; more users. Because users are sellers and buyers. I am an old guy with a job. I’ve added about 250 items over the last dozen years. I only add them when I really need to now. The owners of Discogs should be concerned with the integrity of the data here and getting more users engaged with the site. Sales and fees will come with that more than adding records that will never sell here just for the sake of it. I’m worried about the ability of anyone to add their files that may or may not have been ever distributed significantly. There is now a lot of “noise” in the Discogs signal and I’m not sure how to proceed. Vanity pressings and soundcloud files are technically legit, but when the sale of digital files is not happening and the segment of the database is growing that waters down the experience for me. This is no longer an era where thousands of copies of a record are made and put out there to find an audience, Unfortunately, I feel that that was the strength of Discogs. The ability to track and quantify these artifacts that existed. But when major artists also go down this rabbit hole of files only and elite pressings that number in the tens or less, this chips away at the experience of Discogs to me, and I spend hours a day here.

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