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I have to say, Discogs has had mostly reliable and somewhat consistent metadata any time I've used 
it. Tag&Rename software allows grabbing metadata from Discogs if one has a Discogs username and 
password. I use their metadata to fill in tags for LP-to-digital dubs, when I break a Mosaic or 
other box set into original albums and sequences, etc. Very helpful. They are also a good source for 
album art, if one likes to have the little cover-photo doodad showing in their music streamer. For 
the purposes I've used it, Discogs' metadata has required much less editing than Gracenote and 
freedb. It almost makes me think Discogs may have real humans editing some of this stuff, and may 
have real-deal style guidelines.

As far as buying used vinyl, I'd never use Discogs if I can find what I'm looking for at eBay. 
Between eBay and Paypal, there is a much stronger quality guarantee and refund mechanism.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:35 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Discogs Press Release from 12/15/15


DISCOGS LAUNCHES EXPANDED VINYLHUB
BECOMES LARGEST DATABASE OF RECORDS STORES ACROSS THE GLOBE

(From a press release issued today)

"The site aims to be an exhaustive resource for crate diggers." - Resident
Advisor

In their continuing effort to catalog every piece and source for vinyl
records, Discogs is building and expanding their VinylHub site, an
accurate, user-contributed listing of all record shops & record events.

If you’re anything like Discogs’ over two million users, you like to know
how to find the best and most current outlets for your vinyl needs, and
with the addition of listing events and floating pop up retailers to
VinylHub, Discogs’ has made it easier for anyone to be pointed towards the
appropriate stores and events no matter where they are in the world to grow
their collection.

Users can enter in past or present events with details as focused as
whether or not the store, record fair, or pop-up shop has an ATM available
on site and what their hours and early bird availabilities are. No longer
do you have to ask strange people on the street where to find the best
record store when you’re on vacation anywhere. VinylHub users will be able
to crate dig from their home, and even tour through lists and details of
notable record stores from the past.

Since launching just over a year ago VinylHub has become the largest
database in the world for record stores across the globe. Discogs’ mission
is to catalog every piece of music in the world, and now they are extending
that to record shops.

Throughout the year, the anniversary celebration continues at Discogs with
the official iOS App Launch approaching, and the debut of both VinylHub and
Gearogs (for turntables). Truly the next year appears to cement Discogs
(the largest physical music database in the world) as the brand name in
physical music commerce around the world.

Discogs is the user-built database of music; with a catalog of more than
6,300,000 recordings and 4,000,000 artists, Discogs is the largest physical
music database in the world. In addition, Discogs connects buyers and
sellers across the globe. With more than 10 million items available and
thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot for new releases to hard to
find gems.


[forwarded by David N. Lewis]