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Best Vinyl Collection App for 2024!

Introduction

If you’re a vinyl record collector like me, you get the joy and satisfaction that comes with building a collection.

If you also happen to have an insatiable lust for new records as often as possible, to the point where it’s draining some — way too much — of your bank account, you also understand that as your collection grows, it gets harder and harder to keep track of all the details.

But that’s where vinyl collection apps come in. Sure, if we were living in the golden age of vinyl, before CD’s and digital music even existed, it would take a lot of time to catalog your record collection as it grew. The good thing about being a collector now is that we have technology to help us do all this stuff.

In today’s digital world, there are many mobile and desktop apps meant to simplify the cataloging process and help you manage your vinyl collection. If that’s something you’re interested in, stick around, because we’re about to explore everything you’ll need to know about vinyl collection apps.

We’re going to cover not only the best apps (and our favorite!), but also some to avoid, and other specialized apps.

So go pour yourself a drink (non-alcoholic, for you underage-readers), and let’s get to some apps.

Discogs: The Godfather of Vinyl Collection Apps

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve definitely heard of Discogs, or as we like to call it, The Godfather of Vinyl Collection Apps.

Discogs stands out as the go-to platform for vinyl enthusiasts pretty much everywhere.

Not only does it serve as an online marketplace for buying and selling vinyl records (and CDs, if you’re into that stuff), it also boasts the largest discography information database, covering nearly every album released in every format. With features like barcode scanning and integration with your existing collection, Discogs makes it easy to catalog and manage your vinyl collection efficiently.

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One of Discogs’ standout features is its barcode scanning capability, which lets you effortlessly add records to your collection. The app also provides cool information about the rarity and release details of each record.

Something else that sets Discogs apart from the herd is its community-driven database. This database includes detailed information on releases, artists, and labels, and — if that wasn’t enough — users can also add custom fields, track purchase prices, and even connect with sellers to expand their collections.

Lastly, it’s important to mention that Discogs can present a learning curve for some users (but you should 100% still get this app!).

If you need help navigating Discogs’ interface, no need to worry. Just check out the video below to quickly understand all the important features.  

Music Buddy: Simple and Free

Music Buddy is a simple and straightforward iOS app that makes it easy to catalog your vinyl records. The app is super user-friendly too!

Whether you prefer scanning barcodes or manually entering information, this app provides a hassle-free experience for organizing your collection.

One thing that sucks about Music Buddy is that it doesn’t integrate with Discogs, so its functionality is pretty limited in terms of record valuations and specific identifications.

In our experience, Music Buddy is for users who just want to create a database for their records without having to rely on external platforms.

Vinyl Record Excel Template: Offline Solution

Although this isn’t technically its own app, we know quite a few people who prefer to just use Excel to keep an organized spreadsheet of their vinyl collection. While we recommend just using Discogs instead, if you’d prefer the Excel Spreadsheet, check out this video showing you how to set it up:

Specialized Vinyl Collection Apps

45cat: The Ultimate Destination for 45 RPM Records

Bottom Line: If you own any 45 RPM records, get 45cat.

45cat caters specifically to collectors of 45 RPM records, offering a specialized platform for cataloging and discovering singles. While it may not have the extensive features of larger platforms like Discogs, 45cat is still really valuable for those who own 45 RPM records.

Vinyl Box: A User-Friendly Alternative

We’re only mentioning Vinyl Box because of its user-friendly interface. This app is super easy to use and integrates well with your Discogs account. With Vinyl Box you get quick access to vinyl pressings and albums, as well as an efficient management system for your vinyl collection. However, people have reported issues with its barcode scanner.

Libib: Web-Based Cataloging System

If you want to catalog your vinyl collection in the same place as your other favorite media, Libib is for you.

Libib is a web-based cataloging system that extends beyond music to include books, movies, and video games. By creating an account, you can add your media collection using ISBN or UPC codes, create private libraries, and sync your library across all devices. Libib offers both free and Pro accounts, with Pro features tailored for small organizations, schools, and libraries.

VinylWall: For Our European Readers

VinylWall is kinda like Pinterest for vinyl collectors. Unfortunately, it isn’t available for people living in the US (so 90% of our readers). But if you’re European, keep on reading!

a screenshot of the login page for vinyl wall, a vinyl collection app for europeans

Despite its somewhat lacking design, it gets the job done. It has a pretty advanced search engine and a comprehensive database, which makes it easy to find and add records to your collection.

It’s also like its own social media because you can connect with friends (or strangers), tag stores where you’ve purchased records, and even engage in a ranking system similar to a collecting mini-game. Additionally, the app allows you to sync your collection across devices, ensuring that your catalog is always accessible.

Vinyl Collection Apps To Avoid

Discollector

Bottom Line: Don’t get Discollector.

Priced at $4.99, Discollector offers integration with Discogs and barcode scanning capabilities. However, its interface is criticized as one of the worst among similar apps, impacting user experience. Despite its functionalities, the high price point and subpar interface may deter potential users.

MilkCrate

Some review sites are still mentioning MilkCrate for some reason, but all you really need to know is that it isn’t a thing anymore.

Conclusion

Phew!

We just covered literally everything you need to know when it comes to vinyl collection apps.

And to be honest with you, while every one of these apps has its strengths, none can replace the functionality and depth of options that Discogs provides.

Of course, every app comes with its own set of features, but in our experience, Discogs checks all the boxes.

FAQs

What is the best app to keep track of vinyl collection?

The best app for tracking vinyl collections is Discogs, offering comprehensive cataloging features and a vast database of releases for collectors to manage their records efficiently.

Are there any downsides to using cataloging apps for vinyl records?

While cataloging apps offer a lot of benefits, some users may encounter a learning curve or limitations in functionality. Also, reliance on technology introduces the risk of data loss or technical issues.

How can I choose the right cataloging app for my vinyl collection?

When selecting a cataloging app, consider factors such as ease of use, database comprehensiveness, social features, and compatibility with your devices. Experimenting with different apps and reading user reviews can help you find the best fit for your needs.

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