• Staff 3.1k

    nik 2 days ago

    Hi all,

    I am sorry to have to inform you that we are having to turn off two Discogs features that we have been experimenting with over the last year - the Tracks feature, and the updated Collection feature. The reason for both are technical challenges in making the features stable and fast enough for us to run reliably for everyone.

    I realise this may disappoint many of you. It is very disappointing for us as well. However, we have learned a lot from your feedback and usage of both features, and plan to bring them back in improved and stable forms in the not too distant future.

    Thank you for your feedback and enthusiasm for the 20-year Discogs project: the best music database and marketplace in the world. We are committed to the continued success of Discogs and everyone who uses it.

    Nik and the Discogs team.
  • impud1cus 2 days ago

    Looks like I may have to update my new thread from just today. As a dev/product manager/tech lead at various times I feel your pain in mothballing something you have invested so much in! As a user of Discogs I have to say there really is a lot needed to make these useful to me, although Tracks at least had potential.
    I'm sure you have your own plans and priorities, but is it worth revisiting Tracks as a contributor-driven rather than auto-generated feature? This would complement my new thread https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/803012 by attaching properties to tracks to reference a common ID (although I guess it's more in the model of release->master rather than composition-> external identifier). It depends where your performance and stability problems lie, but I do think that contributor-driven is worth exploring; it may be more slower but also more reliable.
  • cheiron_freak 1 day ago

    Wow, that's a bummer! :(
    I used Tracks so much, such a great & helpful feature, especially in finding/buying missing stuff.

    Please bring it back asap!!
  • stopwatchrecords 1 day ago

    Ditto  cheiron_freak. RIP Tracks feature :-(
  • rezz 1 day ago

    Was just using and loving the new Collections features yesterday. Looking forward to their return!
  • jumpoutlet 1 day ago

    RIP tracks. How do we find different versions now?
  • zuperchicken 1 day ago

    Thank you very much for the Tracks feature, as long as it's been going. I checked today and was confused, but am glad to have conclusion. Take your time, I can't wait to see it return - it's been really incredible for finding the music I've been interested in, and I totally understand the reasons. <3

    I'm a recent user and I've been incredibly happy with the tools on this site, and I'm looking forward to future updates to the tools!
  • iamjake 1 day ago

    dang. i had only used what was apparently the new version of collections. was a shock to lose it just now because this "old" version of collections sucks :(
  • Bong 1 day ago

    I hope you get the Tracks feature sorted out soon. A very useful feature. I've been using daily. Thanks for updating us on the status.
  • Staff 3.1k

    nik 1 day ago

    Thanks all for your messages of support here. Your enthusiasm, feedback, and understanding means a lot! We want to continue improving your experience here on Discogs for sure. This is not the end of work on these features, just a break as we work under the hood. Cheers!
  • justindonnelly 1 day ago

    Hoping for the return of tracks soon. I loved using the feature, and found it really helpful.
  • keiron22 1 day ago

    Looking forward to the return of this function. A big thank you to all the discogs team for such a superb site.
  • mekon21 1 day ago

    tracks disappeared - but now i can go to filmogs or bookogs...
    so why does this work - but not tracks????
    disappointing
  • Rockosurf 1 day ago

    Rockosurf edited 1 day ago
    YEEEESSSSSS!! The collection feature was so terrible! Is there a way you can get it back to where it was before? Where it shows the release art you own with the price they are going for beneath it? Seems like it just shows the release now. The worst part of the collections feature was if you clicked on something and then used the back arrow on the browser it reloaded to the beginning of the collection again. Very frustrating.

    The tracks feature was cool but I feel like you need to buy an entire server farm in Nebraska somewhere to hold that much data.
  • sunjan 1 day ago

    Wow, I agree that tracks was very useful to find rare versions/mixes.
    Hope it will come back in one form or another, but I understand the challenge. The merge/demerge of tracks was convoluted and i never really got my hear around how it was supposed to work.

    Can you use the server capacity instead to bring back the Collection filters for all of us who have more than 1500 items?
  • JuKramer 1 day ago

    Yes, I really enjoyed the filter options on the left of the screen. I also really enjoyed viewing my collection with the larger covers. Either way, great job keeping this database, I use discogs every day.
  • devotionalie 1 day ago

    I don't get it? My collection view hasn't changed in any way.

    Sad for the Tracks feature though, but it seems you folks work really hard on it. Thx for you efforts and for this great database!
  • Bong 1 day ago

    devotionalie
    My collection view hasn't changed in any way.

    I think that the new view was only implemented for those that have less than 2000 entries in their collection.
  • mjb 1 day ago

    nik, IIRC, you told us that for the sake of Tracks we should start entering track & mix titles "as on release" instead of making corrections to obvious typos. What is the status of that advice?
  • icarus212001 1 day ago

    Like many others, I, too, hope for the quick and speedy return of the Collections features. The UI was very appealing (just looking at my collection was fun) as well and the various options to sort by value and genre, as well as media type (Vinyl, Cassette, CD, etc).
  • spaznfluff 1 day ago

    So I don't quite understand, has the left hand column with dates, genres etc gone for good??
    If so I don't like the new way at all!!
  • icarus212001 1 day ago

    [quote=spaznfluff][/quote]

    My understanding is that it will return, but in a different way. I think the way it was programmed was causing issues with some users, such as long loading times.
  • andymac1960 1 day ago

    Why does the sort by Max not sort by Max value anymore, it just points the arrow down, surely it should be up for Max value?, Or am I missing something.
  • petra.violet 1 day ago

    spaznfluff
    So I don't quite understand, has the left hand column with dates, genres etc gone for good??
    If so I don't like the new way at all!!


    Me too, that's such a pity :(
  • vitaly_in 1 day ago

    spaznfluff
    So I don't quite understand, has the left hand column with dates, genres etc gone for good??
    If so I don't like the new way at all!!

    It's very sad, the collection became a useless list of records.
  • spaznfluff 1 day ago

    [quote=icarus212001][/quote]
    Oh dear, that's terrible news. I use a pc so this was a great attribute, going to be so difficult to use now
  • spaznfluff 1 day ago

    vitaly_in
    spaznfluffSo I don't quite understand, has the left hand column with dates, genres etc gone for good??
    If so I don't like the new way at all!!
    It's very sad, the collection became a useless list of records.
  • spaznfluff 1 day ago

    [Yes that's what i'm thinking too!!!!!
    quote=spaznfluff][/quote]

    vitaly_in
    spaznfluffSo I don't quite understand, has the left hand column with dates, genres etc gone for good??
    If so I don't like the new way at all!!
    It's very sad, the collection became a useless list of records.
  • User216 1 day ago

    As far as I understand, the Tracks feature is just down for improvment, and it will be back someday. I have been a huge last.fm user before the site got its new, mobile-friendly redesign and actually got scrapped. Then Discogs released the Tracks feature and it actually filled the void that the new Last FM has made. I have also noticed that Last FM is actually using a Discogs API. I wish you luck improving the Tracks feature. It wasn't perfect, it had a lot of issues. But it was/is great. I don't want to think of scrapping this feature, a bit more coding and feedback and it shall be back, improved. Since Last FM changed its politics Discogs is the only site that acts as a decent musical social network and the Tracks feature is much needed. Thanks for the brief availablity of the great Tracks feature! Keep the great work!
  • 1Alpha 1 day ago

    What bad news, worse than a fake news !
    Track Id, an exceptional app, new versions of a song were always discovered.
    I hope it will be reinstated as soon as possible.
    For us collectors, music lovers, this kind of research function is essential!
  • kmccathran 1 day ago

    I often used to filter my searches by format (78s, LPs, CDs) and/or type (Classical, Jazz, Pop) but now see only a useless list. Bummer!
  • HashimA 1 day ago

    Why is every single page on the Discogs site redirecting to this page? I don't know anything about the above features, I just need to search the database, yet every album link I click from Google takes me to this post.
  • Diognes_The_Fox 1 day ago

    User216
    As far as I understand, the Tracks feature is just down for improvment, and it will be back someday.


    Yeah. There's a lot of back end type stuff that needs to happen to make it run more quickly / less load intensive.
  • Diognes_The_Fox 1 day ago

    HashimA
    Why is every single page on the Discogs site redirecting to this page? I don't know anything about the above features, I just need to search the database, yet every album link I click from Google takes me to this post.


    Hmm, it should only be happening on pages on the tracks system.

    Could one of the links that lead you to this forum be provided so we can investigate? (That or what search terms used, etc)
  • vitaly_in about 23 hours ago

    kmccathran
    I often used to filter my searches by .... type (Classical, Jazz, Pop) but now see only a useless list.

    The same here :(
  • denlekke about 22 hours ago

    can you get google to unindex all the track pages ? everytime i google a track that link appears way above the release link and i get sent back to this forum post
  • DrBassdrum about 21 hours ago

    Question: I want to sort my collection by year... starting with 2019 and then going back to 2018 etc. Since the changes I can only check my collection otherwise, starting with the releases with no exact release year and then going up to 2019. Is there someone that dan explain me how I can check my collection the way I like to?
  • mjb about 18 hours ago

    DrBassdrum
    Is there someone that dan explain me how I can check my collection the way I like to?

    https://ogger.club/
  • Earjerk about 18 hours ago

    mjb

    https://ogger.club/


    Been wanting to try this, but sketched out by third-party apps... Is it safe?
  • mjb about 18 hours ago

    Earjerk - Yes, it just uses the API. When you "log in" to Discogs through it, you are only just giving your OK to Discogs to transmit, via the API, info which is specific to your account (e.g. your collection). You are not handing over your login info to the third party.
  • 0bleak about 17 hours ago

    DrBassdrum
    Question: I want to sort my collection by year... starting with 2019 and then going back to 2018 etc. Since the changes I can only check my collection otherwise, starting with the releases with no exact release year and then going up to 2019. Is there someone that dan explain me how I can check my collection the way I like to?


    Click on Year (where you see the headings Artist, Title, Label, Year , Format) and it will sort the other way.
  • Earjerk about 17 hours ago

    mjb
    Yes, it just uses the API.


    Thank you! You're just all kinds of helpful today. :)
  • brado50 about 17 hours ago

    Noooo! I LOVED the tracks feature! I used it many, many times daily. What a bummer.
  • xiandavis about 15 hours ago

    xiandavis edited about 15 hours ago
    I registered just to respond to this thread; disappointed to lose such a powerful feature that I've used for many months to clean up my library, particularly track release dates (as opposed to compilation album release dates). This site is way more efficient to use for this than Wikipedia. Out of curiosity, what other ways do people use the site? Album art (big one for me)? Artist info (rarely)?
  • AutumnAarilyn about 14 hours ago

    Definitely look forward to the 'tracks' feature returning.
  • AutumnAarilyn about 14 hours ago

    Definitely look forward to the 'tracks' feature returning.
  • AutumnAarilyn about 14 hours ago

    Definitely look forward to the 'tracks' feature returning.
  • vitaly_in about 12 hours ago

    vitaly_in edited about 12 hours ago
    mjb
    https://ogger.club/

    Thanks a lot!
  • SI_Disco about 11 hours ago

    Ainooh, the TRACKS feature was super helpful...
  • JeroenG8 about 10 hours ago

    While not perfect yet, the tracks feature was something that I used more and more in the last year.
    I am really hoping it will come back at some point.
  • spaznfluff about 9 hours ago

    kmccathran
    I often used to filter my searches by format (78s, LPs, CDs) and/or type (Classical, Jazz, Pop) but now see only a useless list. Bummer!


    exactly, the only way to do this now is using folders!!
  • kosutasu about 9 hours ago

    While you're at it, check if you can extend the added to collection date to more than 5 years.
    Not a big deal but i would like to know when i added something to my collection.
  • skimmie about 8 hours ago

    You had to use google to find certain records in your database. For example try "my heart stood still" by the Jim Tyler Orchestra to track down the 9 LP compilation where this is to be found at. Now, no possibility to find that track at discogs anymore. Without that possibility anymore, many of those entries will remain disappeared in the discogs nirvana forever, even if entries exist.So please, please think over your decision!
  • DrBassdrum about 8 hours ago

    0bleak
    DrBassdrumQuestion: I want to sort my collection by year... starting with 2019 and then going back to 2018 etc. Since the changes I can only check my collection otherwise, starting with the releases with no exact release year and then going up to 2019. Is there someone that dan explain me how I can check my collection the way I like to?

    Click on Year (where you see the headings Artist, Title, Label, Year , Format) and it will sort the other way.


    Yes I know. But not by year as want.
  • _jules about 6 hours ago

    _jules edited about 6 hours ago
    kosutasu
    While you're at it, check if you can extend the added to collection date to more than 5 years.
    Not a big deal but i would like to know when i added something to my collection.


    Possibly that's because you created your account about 6 years ago?
    This stamp was created in August 2009. All items I had in collection at this point are marked as such (Added over 10 years) and additions since then have the actual stamp, Added 9 / 8 / 7 etc. years ago.
    Not sure you can expect Discogs to track when you bought something before creating an account or before adding it to your online collection...
  • kosutasu about 6 hours ago

    _jules

    ... expect Discogs to track when you bought something before creating an account or before adding to your online collection......


    Yes that's exactly what i expect. Discogs stuff coming over my room examining all my collection and putting timestamps on them.
    Why not grading them too?

    Oh My Nothing! Thanks dude, i should have added this to my original post.
    That's why i love the Discogs forum :D
  • Whereisthemoon about 6 hours ago

    vitaly_in
    kmccathranI often used to filter my searches by .... type (Classical, Jazz, Pop) but now see only a useless list.
    The same here :(


    This was a must to organize a somewhat large collection.... Hope you can bring this back!!! I am lost without it...
  • Whereisthemoon about 6 hours ago

    mjb
    DrBassdrumIs there someone that dan explain me how I can check my collection the way I like to?
    https://ogger.club/


    Super-helpful... makes up for missing advanced collection features in discogs. THanks!!
  • blasttt666 about 6 hours ago

    the collection has become useless, I am sure there was a problem regarding the loading time but at least we had filters and everything.
  • Staff 3.1k

    nik about 4 hours ago

    Thanks all again for your feedback here, it is much appreciated.

    mjb
    nik, IIRC, you told us that for the sake of Tracks we should start entering track & mix titles "as on release" instead of making corrections to obvious typos. What is the status of that advice?


    Thanks mjb. I still think we should be capturing things like track title typos rather than trying to make them conform to be identical.
  • Diognes_The_Fox about 3 hours ago

    mjb
    https://ogger.club/


    I've been meaning to try this.
  • Faza about 3 hours ago

    +1 for the tracks feature!
  • auboisdormant about 1 hour ago

    Looking forward for the return of both features. Would've needed some of the collection features this morning... :(

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