Remember how we all quit buying physical music in favor of downloads because they were cheap and easily available? Us neither.
Okay, fine, we were a little bit wooed by the promise of new technology, the cost-savings, the convenience. We even dabbled with digital formats a little ourselves. But there was always something missing. You don’t get to hold it in your hands, admire the artwork, pore over it with kindred spirits, or enjoy the ritual of lowering the needle.
Cheaper and more convenient isn’t always better. Much has been said about physical media vs. digital and whether it’s worth the time and expense of buying, storing, and categorizing stuff. But if you’re like us, it’s not a hassle, or even a hobby, it’s a passion.
If you’re already a part of the Discogs Community, you probably have your own feelings about physical vs. digital formats. One thing we can probably all agree on is the importance of our collections and the role they play in our lives, and possibly even identity. That’s why the Collection feature is integral to Discogs.
Why You Should Catalog Your Music Collection:
1. Know what you’ve got so you don’t accidentally buy it again
The rush of dopamine as you exchange your crisp notes for a record you’ve been meaning to get is unparalleled. The rush of irritation as you make space on your shelves next to an identical copy, also, is unparalleled.
2. Lend records to your friends (without fear of not getting it back)
Forcing your taste on someone else is one of life’s great simple pleasures. But it’s a fool’s gambit. Friends, no matter how good on paper, are often terrible at returning things. You can use the notes field in your Discogs Collection as a reminder of when you lent it out and to whom.
3. Know exactly which version of a record you’ve got
You might already know your whole collection is just first pressing Floyd records, but for the more casual buyers among us, it’s interesting to get a better idea of when and where your records were pressed and who was involved in bringing it to life.
4. Connect with your collection
You’re probably sick of everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to your mom talking about mindfulness, but there might be something to it. Taking your time looking over the details of each of your records forces you to slow down and appreciate your collection. You might even learn something – like that there’s a 90% chance that Nile Rogers produced every song you’ve ever loved.
5. Get a better idea of what your collection is missing
Well done, you’ve got every album The Fall ever made. At least you thought you did – turns out your good-for-nothin’ friend never returned your copy of Perverted By Language (see point 2). You could call them, but it’s probably better just to add it to your Wantlist.