Feature Spotlight: Organize Your Records With Collection Folders

There’s a local DJ who’s an avid Discogs user. He’s a bit of an obsessive, so I always enjoy discussing the different features of Discogs with him. The other day we were chatting about the Collection. I use the Collection for a few main tasks:

  • Having all my record values in one place
  • Searching through to see if I have an album and its release variant
  • Collection Roulette
  • Making sure I don’t purchase a record I already have while in a shop (yes, this has definitely happened)

However, this friend of mine uses the Collection in an entirely different way. With thousands of records spanning dozens of styles and a side gig that depends on him spinning them for a public audience, he is more concerned about filtering and organizing the records in his Collection.

Organizing Records With Discogs Collection

Many have written at length about how to organize a record collection, so I’ll spare you the long yarn on the best way to do this. However, there are a couple of Collection tools you can utilize to make organizing records less complicated.

Grouping With Collection Folders

The Collection feature allows users to place records into Folders to help group items together. Revisiting my DJ friend, he uses Folders in a way I had never thought of before; organizing his sets. It’s a way to keep track of what needs to be in his bag before leaving for a show.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I know little about DJ’ing, aside from an immense appreciation and love for the craft. But I wanted to think about how I might utilize Folders to organize my own Collection. I’m a huge fan of the Late Nite Tales series and have dabbled in making my own Spotify playlist around the theme. But what if I could identify records in my Collection that would be great for putting on during late night hangs? It can be a shortcut to a curated list to pull from when my mind is a bit too hazy. I created a Folder and started exploring.

Identifying Records With Filters

One of the biggest improvements of the new Collection is the ability to Filter records by Decade, Format, Genre and Style. This allows you to connect your Collection with valuable Database categorizations. I have Bonobo – Late Night Tales, a classic in the label’s repertoire, in my Collection and noticed that it has been categorized as having a Downtempo style. By viewing my other Downtempo records I could get a good group of potential candidates.

Awesome, that was a great head start. It even showed me a couple that I wouldn’t have thought of right away. After adding a few more from my Collection, I had a solid folder that would last me at least a few late night hang sessions.

Late Night Hangs with Cover View using Discogs Collection Folder

I’ll set these aside in a crate near my setup to have them ready when I get home late at night. This was just a small project with a small collection, but there are a ton of possibilities here.

Do you have a unique way of utilizing Collection Folders? Let the community know in the comments below!

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  • Oct 11,2018 at 5:34 pm

    Folders have limited use for me because one can only place a record once. I use Lists more frequently – they are also accessible to others.

    That being said, I do have all of my collection in folders. I have a few folders for artists with scattered discographies, such as Bob Marley & The Wailers and James Brown. I also have folders for several collections of records I have acquired in large groups, that I’d like to preserve as such. In some cases these I have also collected into lists.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Discogs used a tagging system instead? Of course, people would argue about assignments, but do you argue with your Instagram or Twitter friends about their tags? I believe it would be very useful.

  • Oct 11,2018 at 12:51 am

    As long as Discogs doesn’t refine or open up for a more detailed style/genre list, working on this would be worthless and a waste of time! The Discogs list is so poor that you will not find widely used styles such as: Canterbury, Zeuhl, neoprog, avant prog, RIO, acid jazz, ethno-jazz, several South-American ones like frevo, maracatu, pagode, jongo, Milonga, Música Sertaneja, Chacarera, Chamamé, Cuban ones like Habanera, Antillean styles are totally omitted, no mention of neither sega or maloya, biguine mispelled as beguine, etc… the list could be even way longer!! Discogs only seems interested in listing mass or popular styles, not those exquisite ones that in fact make …. MUSIC!

  • Oct 10,2018 at 7:18 pm

    The former folder “uncategorized” is still gone incl. the items it contained, where can I find it/ them now? Thanks!

  • Oct 10,2018 at 7:16 pm

    Can you put an item into more than one folder?

  • mjb
    Oct 7,2018 at 2:09 pm

    Is there any way to make the folders public?

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