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Type of site
Available inEnglish, German, Spanish, Portuguese (BR), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian
OwnerZink Media, LLC[3]
Created byKevin Lewandowski
ServicesDatabase, online shopping
RevenueAdvertising, marketplace fees
URLwww.discogs.com Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedNovember 2000; 23 years ago (2000-11)
Current statusOnline

Discogs (/ˌdɪsˈkɒɡz/; short for discographies) is a database of information about audio recordings, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and bootleg or off-label releases. Database contents are user-generated, and described in The New York Times as "Wikipedia-like".[4] While the site was originally created with the goal of becoming the largest online database of electronic music,[5] it now includes releases in all genres and on all formats.[4]


Discogs was started in 2000 by Kevin Lewandowski who worked as a programmer at Intel.[6][4] It was originally started from a computer in Lewandowski's closet and was limited to electronic music. By 2015, Discogs had 37 employees, 3 million users, and a monthly traffic of 20 million visits.[4]

In late 2005, the Discogs marketplace was launched.[7]

In July 2007, a new subscription-based system for sellers was introduced on the site, called Market Price History. It gave premium users access to the past price items that were sold for up to 12 months ago by previous sellers who had sold exactly the same release (though 60 days of information was free). At the same time, the US$12 per year charge for advanced subscriptions was abolished, as it was felt that the extra features should be made available to all subscribers, now that a different revenue stream had been found from sellers and purchasers. Later that year, all paid access features were discarded and full use of the site became free of charge, allowing all users to view the full 12-month Market Price History of each item.[5]


The Discogs Marketplace is modeled similar to Amazon and eBay where sellers offer items for sale and a fee is charged on the sold item.[8]

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  1. ^ "Privacy Policy". Discogs. Retrieved December 13, 2023. [...] Zink Media, LLC (d/b/a Discogs), 4145 SW Watson Avenue, Suite 350, Beaverton, Oregon, USA 97005.
  2. ^ Greenwald, David (December 29, 2015). "Inside Discogs, Beaverton's $100 million record store". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on June 30, 2023. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  3. ^ "Terms of Service". Discogs. Retrieved December 13, 2023. The domains discogs.com (including subdomains) and nearmint.io, related applications, and any of Our associated services, including Application Program Interfaces ("APIs"), (collectively, the "Service"), owned and operated by Zink Media, LLC (d/b/a Discogs) [...]
  4. ^ a b c d Sisario, Ben (December 29, 2015). "Discogs Turns Record Collectors' Obsessions Into Big Business". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Saunders, Luke (September 8, 2021). "Discogs: what is it, where it came from, and how to use it". Happy Mag. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Carnes, Richard (March 26, 2010). "Discogs: Vinyl revolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved December 13, 2023. It took about six months working nights and weekends on Discogs, and I launched it in November 2000.
  7. ^ Garber, David (February 26, 2015). "How Discogs Dragged Record Collecting Into the 21st Century". Vice. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Savage, Mark (May 2, 2018). "Vinyl collectors spent millions on Discogs last year". BBC News. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2023.

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