Discogs app for Android is out

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 12, 2016
Google Android

Music tracking, collection and marketplace Discogs released the official Android application on the Google Play store just a moment ago.

The new app comes months after the release of the Discog iOS application. While late to the party -- there are several third-party Discogs applications out there already -- it brings along with it a major feature set.

While you cannot expect all features offered on Discogs supported by the application, many major features are.

Please note that you need to register a Discogs account before you can start using the application. Registration works from within the app, but you need to confirm the account by clicking on a link in an email sent to you.

Discogs for Android

Existing users will notice that their collection, want list and other lists are available on Android automatically. New users will stare at blank pages for the most part though.

If you tap on Collection for instance, you will get "there are no collection items here". All you can do is tap on the menu icon and select search to use it to find items to add to the collection. It would have been better if the search would be listed right on the page, and not hidden in the menu as it would improve the usability for new users.

You may search for artists, band names, album names and other information you have, or use the barcode scanner to scan codes if available.

You may get a lot of results depending on what you enter as a search term. Each result is listed with the artist and band name, year of publication, and a cover photo.

Additional information is displayed to you when you select an entry. You get a tracklist for the selected version, and may display all versions known on Discogs as well if it is not the right one.

Each result is listed with information about the record company, type (LP, tape, CD), and location it was published in.

The Discogs application may display links to YouTube videos once you have opened an album using the application. Those are unfortunately not opened directly in the app but redirected to one of the installed apps capable of playing YouTube videos.

Discogs users with Spotify may tap on any song to play it using the service.

Marketplace and Wantlist

Another tap on a result lists price suggestions if available, Discogs users who offer the item for sale and for how much, and a sales history detailing lowest, average and highest price fetched for that particular record.

You may tap on a seller for detailed information. First, information about the price, condition of the media and sleeve, and comments are displayed.

Discogs displays the seller rating, accepted payment methods, and an option to add the item to the cart.

So, what you can do is search for an album you are interested in, and check out the offers on the marketplace.

The Wantlist on the other hand lists music that you want but don't have yet in your collection. Discogs tracks these records for you and will notify you if they become available on the marketplace.

Other features and future

If you prefer Vinyl over CDs or digital files you may find the integrated Vinylhub handy. It is a map that lists vinyl record stores anywhere in the world.

A couple of things are still missing or nice to haves but not yet implemented. This includes searching by images -- you can only search by text or barcode currently --, improving the Discogs inbox experience, integrating the checkout experience completely, and adding push notifications for the wantlist.

Closing Words

Discogs - Catalog & Collect is a well designed application for Android. While it would benefit from a little bit of polish here and there, it works quite well already for the most part.

The app is great for having your collection at the ready when you are on the go, or for quickly checking pricing information before you buy or sell records.

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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.


    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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