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December 1, 2016

Discogs’ vinyl app offers more info on artists, labels and releases

by John_A

Discogs’ vinyl-tracking app has been available for everyone since February, but today the company revealed an update for the iOS version. The redesign is primarily focused on serving up more details on artists, record labels and releases. For example, the mobile software now pulls it Discogs’ database info on an individual musician or band. We’re talking things like image galleries, band members, name variations, aliases and more. Any related artists and releases are linked which makes it easy to go hunting for new material.

The new artist view will also quickly display how many releases by a particular band or musician you own. Thanks to a handy “In Your Collection” button, that tally is easily visible. Artist pages also have sharing tools so you can broadcast your findings via your social channels, text message or email. You can also simply save a note to your phone to remind yourself to come back later.

Like the retooled artist pages, the label view now displays more information as well. The Discogs app will show you details on the parent label or sublabels for each imprint. You can also easily see which releases from a label are already in your collection or any that you’ve added to the so-called Wantlist for future consideration.

Although Discogs added release details in a previous update, it’s still worth a mention as part of this data-heavy revamp. When you’re looking at info on a particular release, you’ll now see things like sales history, Wantlist stats, collection totals, sales listings, tracklist credits, YouTube videos and more.

All of this added information is an addition to existing features like a barcode scanner to help verify and catalog any records you come across when digging through old crates. The Discogs app comes in handy when hunting for vinyl releases, so adding in loads more data will certainly help audio aficionados make informed decisions and keep track of what they already own.

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