New Vendor Database Features

In this month's newsletter, we're covering our new database integrations features.  ThunderPOS is now integrated with the Discogs database We have also added the ability to store and view track information for music titles, and these can be pulled directly from Discogs into your store database.
Discogs Database Search

We now have an integration with the Discogs database.  This will allow you to pull albums and suggested pricing from Discogs if you have an account with the service.  Additionally, it can work with the new Tracks feature to preload tracks for albums where that information is available, and pull cover art for many pieces directly down to your pictures directory.

This all combines to make this a valuable tool for any record store or store that sells music on the side, particularly one wanting to work with an ecommerce site.

When you run a Discogs search within ThunderPOS, you'll see the screen above that shows information and cover art for the results found.  These are what Discogs calls Masters.  In order to get information about different versions of the Master, just select the master by clicking on the cover art.  This will give you a list of releases as shown below:

The list of album releases can be further filtered down by format, country, or label.  This will allow you to find the exact version of the product that you have, or that you're looking for, even if you don't have a barcode or - as with the item shown - it predates UPC barcodes.

Once you select the specific release, you'll get a screen that lets you select your import options.  By default, ThunderPOS will select Mint for the New Price, Very Good+ for Used Price 1, and Good+ for used price 2, but you can select any of the Discogs prices from the dropdown box or enter your own.  You can also select from different identifiers that they have for the piece (Departments and Categories in ThunderPOS), as well as choosing to import the track list, notes, or both into the notes field.  If track information is available, it's automatically imported.


The process will be similar in the Cloud backoffice search; a sample of the search screen is shown below.


One piece of information that Discogs uniquely has for many products is track lists.  With this, we have added in a Tracks feature to items to support this.  This feature does not require using a vendor database to work, but that can greatly reduce the data entry time.
To edit the tracks on an item, go through the more button in item maintenance and hit "Tracks".  You'll be presented with a screen like this:

You can edit, add, and delete tracks directly on the grid.  The position and duration are optional.  On the right, the name, description, and graphic file will show.
When doing an advanced search, if you search by track it will only find items where one of the tracks matches the search.
While this is designed with music in mind, it can also be used for other things that have contents you may want searchable, such as short story collections, movie packages, or card packs.

The current version of the software, available for supported users, is 5.7.0.  To get back on support, or to upgrade to phone support from email support, contact sales at (919) 387-7597 x100.  If you are not on phone support, and you call, a response will be sent to the email address on file.  You can also buy a support incident from our website.


As a reminder to users of Windows 7, Microsoft's support of this version of Windows has ended as of January 14th, 2020.  We highly recommend getting onto Windows 8.1 or 10 if you are on Windows 7.  Versions of ExtremePOS, Musicware, Praiz, and ThunderPOS 4.0 and above should all be compatible with Windows 10; versions before 4.0 were sunset for support as of the end of 2019.


If you are on a version older than 4.0 that has been sunset, you can contact sales for information on purchasing an update.

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