While there are several desktop software applications to catalog your movie collection, doing it online has several benefits:
- Easily share your collection, ratings, reviews with friends
- Look up your collection via your cell phone while shopping
- Compare online prices to get better deals
- List your collection in social networking sites like Facebook
With DVDSpot closing down last year, thousands of movie collectors seem to have been left in the lurch. Social sites for cinephiles such as Flixter and iHeartMovies do not offer a permanent offline solution for cataloging. With that in mind, here’s a look at websites that allow you to catalog your movie collection online, and also let you export your collection for offline backup.
Developed by two students in their spare time, this site allows you to catalog and share movies, books, music, and games. You can add items by searching, entering UPC/ISBN details, scanning barcodes, or importing in bulk via CSV/XML. You can choose privacy settings for your shelf, get automatic recommendations, and generate Genre, Actor, and Director clouds. You can track lent/borrowed items even with non-members, export your library, and upload documents. It supports adding items to your wishlist by cellphone using UPC/ISBN, but does not support browsing or searching with your mobile.
There are cool ways to view your collection including an iTunes-style cover flow, that you can even set as your screensaver. The freebies – a Facebook application, a widget for your blog, an iGoogle Module, an RSS feed, and an Amazon bookmarklet – are unparalleled among all these websites.
iTrackMine is a collection manager for tracking, trading, and lending various items like movies, books, games, wine, and gadgets. You can add movies by scanning barcodes, searching, importing from files, or from iTunes, CollectorZ, Delicious Library, etc. It allows you to export your collection along with current market prices for insurance purposes. Using the cellphone assistant, you can search, browse, check prices, and add items to collections, wish lists, etc.
You can manage auto-feeds to Twitter and Friendfeed. The site only offers a default list view for your movies and there is no support for any statistics. iTrackMine is recommended if you wish to manage all of your movies, books, etc. at one place and are looking for good support on the cellphone.
This site allows you to share, browse, and search your collection, compare prices among top retailers, and do all this via your cellphone. Apart from titles, the search works with UPCs, ASINs, IMDB IDs, Directors, etc., and is incredibly easy to use. Though it doesn’t yet support bulk import, it has an active community of users, and supports bulk export to a text file. The development process is very transparent allowing you to submit new titles, and prioritize feature requests and defects. There is minimal support for statistics, and this site is thus best suited for those actively buying movies.
DVD Corral has a nice interface with plenty of eye candy. You can scan your collection by UPC, import in bulk via CSV/XML, or search individually. It has a built-in loan manager, supports exporting to CSV for backup, and creating wishlists. You can view your collection in multiple ways, and easily post a link to Facebook and Delicious from within the site. You can also buy or rent downloadable digital movies from Amazon. At present, it does not offer any statistical view of your collection, but the site is under active development so expect more features in the coming months.
DVD Crate allows you to track and catalog movies you own, wish to see, and have ordered. You can share these lists with others, import and export lists for backup, and is simple and fast to use. DVD Crate is for stats lovers: check interesting statistics, such as Top Actors/Directors/Genres, Decade, etc. The site seems to be maintained by a single developer, so enhancements are very slow. On the other hand, there is visibility for tracking enhancement requests, defects, roadmap, etc.
Are you familiar with any better website that allow users to catalog their movies online? Share them in comments!
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