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Now live: Better Discogs searching

March 16th, 2017

Great news for vinyl collectors: our web-developers Joe and Robbert have revised and improved our Discogs search mechanisms, to give you more up-to-date Discogs data and more images.

What’s new in Music Collector’s Discogs support?

  1. Earlier monthly updates of our Discogs mirror
    As you may know, we run our own mirror of the Discogs database (for performance reasons), which is updated monthly with their monthly full database dump.
    We have now optimized the import tool that we use for this, meaning that we can now have our mirror updated the day after Discogs releases their dump (around the 5th of the month).
  2. Now search Discogs LIVE by Catalog Nr
    Did you purchase a new album that is on Discogs, but not in our mirror yet? Then in the Add Auto screen, just search by Catalog Nr. This will make our search engine check our mirror first, then if it’s not found, it will search the live Discogs database through their API. Of course, the retrieved entries are then added to our mirror.
  3. All Discogs entries are now updated weekly
    For all entries that *are* in our mirror, our search engine now checks for updates once a week. Making sure you always get the freshest Discogs data and images.

  4. Discogs cover images are now downloaded again!
    The downloading of Discogs images had been disabled for quite a while, because their servers couldn’t copy with the load, causing time-out errors. But it seems they have upgraded their servers, so we have enabled the cover image downloading again.
    And: to keep the load on Discogs servers as low as possible we are caching the images on our own server, giving you faster image downloads for popular albums.

IMPORTANT:
These changes are all server-side, no update of your Music Collector software needed. You don’t even need the latest version to benefit from these improvements, any old version will do 🙂


Recent changes

v17.0.7: Fixed the “Update” button in the Edit Screen April 26th, 2017 v17.0.6: Fixed a “Cannot focus window” error. April 25th, 2017 v17.0.5: Fixed an error and added new links to the What’s New page April 13th, 2017 v17.0.4: Maintenance build with lots of fixes April 10th, 2017 v17.0.3: Added search-as-you-type to pick list fields March 16th, 2017 Now live: Better Discogs searching March 16th, 2017 V17.0.2: New image popup method and updates to the quick search February 16th, 2017 V17.0.1: Major updates to the Quick Search and Image Viewer popup! February 14th, 2017 16.4.4: Fixed crashes during Check for Update January 4th, 2017 v16.4.3: Fixed an issue in tag reading and more January 2nd, 2017 v16.4.2: Improvements to trial version and quick search November 10th, 2016 v16.4.1: CLZ Cloud: Your track lists and artist sort names now sync October 24th, 2016 v16.3.11: Improved folder chooser for Add/Link Music Files screen September 26th, 2016 v16.3.10: Export to XML is now more efficient and some fixes September 13th, 2016 v16.3.9: Fixed “Handle is invalid” error that could pop up August 17th, 2016 v16.3.8: Maintenance build with improvements to the main screen and more August 16th, 2016 v16.3.7: Improvements to Cloud Syncing, Edit Album screen and Dark Skin August 8th, 2016 v16.3.6: Some fixes for the Edit Album screen July 19th, 2016 v16.3.5: Fixed an access violation error and more July 7th, 2016 v16.3.4: More updates to the date fields and some fixes July 1st, 2016 v16.3.3: Updated date fields and fixed a couple of bugs June 30th, 2016 v16.3.2: Some fixes for the Edit / Add and Print screen June 23rd, 2016 v16.3.1: New: Light, Dark and System skins and Quick Filter panel June 22nd, 2016 v16.2.2: Improved Card View and quick search box April 21st, 2016 v16.2.1: Introducing: Card View for the main screen February 16th, 2016