This is the first post I’ve seen that goes into detail on how the collaborative music database Discogs is changing the music industry. From Back to the Stratosphere: How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back:
Taken together, between the more serious collectors, the individual sellers, and the record stores selling online, Discogs offers a useful snapshot of what’s out there, who has a given release, and who wants it. We’re in a new era because everyone wondering about the relative interest in an artist, a song, or an album is looking at the same numbers. And because on Discogs these lists and selling prices are in the open for anyone to see, it becomes a way to gauge desire, to monitor records that go in and out of fashion.
Discogs is by far the non-work site where I spend most of my time. It’s an incredible achievement and wonderful rabbit hole.