Those who fear the death of vinyl should seriously start worrying about something else. It’s not happening, at least not if Discogs is still around. This past month, Kevin Lewandowski’s crowdsourcing heaven for audio recordings reached a new milestone by surpassing five million artists, thanks to their seemingly never-ending supply of contributors, which topped off at nearly 355,000 by the end of May.
At 17 years strong, Discogs continues to expand at 26,000 releases a week, making the company one of the largest and fastest growing music sites across the world. What’s more, such an inventory has an outstanding effect on the preservation of music history, seeing as how so many rare musicians and albums are readily available — of course, for a price.
“Five million artists, groups and non-humans networked together,” Brent Greissle, Community Success Coordinator tells Consequence of Sound. “Intertwined through time and space, we now have a better view of the development of music history than ever before and every day the vision becomes more clear.”
This information has already influenced a number of corollary programs and services; for instance, Pandora’s Ticketfly uses the site’s data for their own ticketing platform to present a better and more informative experience for users. “Discogs has built an amazing depth of artist information that makes planning and booking events easier than ever for our venue and promoter partners,” says Brad Hubbard, Principle Product Manager at Ticketfly. “When we evaluated data partners, Discogs stood out as the best option for us.”
Fortunately for them, and for you, more growth means more information, and that should come as a relief to any music fan looking to expand their palette. In other words, there’s really no ceiling to Discogs as more and more users continue to add countless recordings, which recently hit 8,500,000 in May.
“With the rate of data contributed equalling 1.2 million and the growth in the Marketplace from 10 million to 33.9 million releases, both in less than 2-years, the idea of reaching peak vinyl is laughable,” Chad Dahlstrom, COO of Discogs tells us. “Some experts are claiming a $1B year for vinyl … the bubble simply doesn’t exist.”
The only thing terrified now should be our wallets.