New AllMusic Feature - What's in Your Collection?

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We’re happy to announce that you can now keep track of your personal record collection on AllMusic. All of us are music fans and many of us are collectors, meticulously tracking which albums we own. Now on AllMusic you can add albums to your collection list by clicking "Add to My Collection" on any album page.



If you are a massive collector who scoffs at the idea of adding albums one at a time, you can also use our Collection Builder tool.



This page allows you to enter the name of up to three bands or musicians, and then quickly add the albums by that artist to your collection.



Your collection is available for you to browse and sort on both the AllMusic website and on your mobile device by going into your profile area. Sort your albums by year, artist name, album title or your own rating.



From here you can rate your albums using the same five-star rating system that our editors use, and these ratings power your album recommendations.

Thoughts? Excitement? Improvement ideas? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Thank you for introducing this new feature, much appreciated! I have a question for clarification and a suggestion:
  1. It seems to me that it's not possible to add specific releases of an album (e.g. the vinyl edition, or a CD/DVD edition) but only the main album. Can you confirm this?
  2. It would be very useful to be able to see which albums are already in "My Collection" if I look at the discography of an artist.
Keep up the good work, guys!
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Great feature, thanks! It would be great to be able to save and export My Collection as xls/csv, xml and other common data formats. Also, there could be a "share my collection to FB/Twitter etc" functionality.

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Trying it out now. Seems ok. I now see that I can add an album from it's page regardless of how I got there. Good. It would be nice to be able to check off the albums from the list of the artist's discography rather than having to go into each page to mark each album. Hope you can get to that point soon. Also, I haven't figured out how one deals with Various Artist albums. And it sure would be nice if we could search for titles... that might solve that problem. Will keep trying it out and will get back to you with any other problems. I've been waiting a LONG time for this... (and have used RateYourMusic and other websites to do this. AllMusic SHOULD be the ONE place to do this so I'm glad you're offering it now. Hope it gets better...) Cheers,

John

Update: the ads are causing the pages to load slowly, so it's getting to be a pain to have to wait for them to load so that I can scroll to the right place and add them. Boo. (Adding from the discography list would be better....)
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Hi John,
You can add an album to your collection from the album page. Just click the yellow "Add to my collection" button:

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Thanks, I realized that after I'd written it (and have edited my comment to reflect that.) Thanks for the quick reply!
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Maybe I missed this, but it looks like there is a 100-title limit; If I'm going to begin re-constructing my collection online using this tool, the limit would unfortunately have to be a few thousand...
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John L

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Oh, that's bad. Makes it worthless. Hope it's not true. Looking forward to a more robust approach. I too will need basically an unlimited collection, at least a few thousand counting CDs, tapes, etc.
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Nope. The "My Collection" feature is not limited to 100 titles.  

B.J. Can you tell me where you're seeing that so we can correct any incorrect information?
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Oh gosh! So sorry for spreading misinformation! It was my own fault -- when the "List" feature was rolled out a few months(?) back, I'd created one called "My Collection" and was confusing the two when I poked around the new feature yesterday. Is there a limit to the number of titles for the new "My Collection" feature?

Also, I'd like to second k3rmit's comment above -- it would be super helpful to be able to add a specific release of an album, especially since some have bonus tracks and/or are remastered, and some do/are not.

Thanks so much for all of this, BTW! (I don't mean to overlook all the good aspects of these features!)
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I understand the confusion, I'm just glad we didn't have bad info printed anywhere.

Regarding being able to track your collection by Release as opposed to by Album (distinction here) was a topic of great debate here. I definitely see the value in adding to a collection at the release level but there are a couple of things that kept us from doing it.  

  • The vast majority of our traffic is to Album pages, and only a small subset of the true die-hards ever make it to the Release pages. We thought that in order to offer a tracking tool that spoke to the vast majority of our users, keeping it at the album level would give us the most bang for our buck.  There are great sites out there for specific catalog-number-level collectors and we wanted something a bit more user-friendly than that.

  • The database that AllMusic draws from may not have every release of every album out there. Sure, we all own Rubber Soul but if you have the US-only vinyl pressing on Parlophone that has the false start on "I'm Looking Through You" and if you're looking to drill that deep to add that specific release of that album to your collection, it just might not be there. And that might be frustrating.  Our current method allows you to at least capture that you own the "work" which is what we wanted to enable.

I hope this helps to explain our (labored) thinking in this matter.
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That's fine with me and it's good to hear there's no 100 album limit. Is there any limit for listing one's collection? (I think the lists have limits, don't they?)

Cheers,

John
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Custom Lists = 100 Titles
My Collection= The universe is your limit. Sort to your heart's content.
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John L

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Groovy!
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Thanks, Zac, for being so responsive! Totally understand the thinking behind the decision to focus on Album vs. Release. Thanks for sharing the background!