The Vinyl District Record Store Locator App: The Forum

This is the first in an occasional series for those who have downloaded The Vinyl District’s Record Store Locator app. It’s our chance to update you on where we’re at, and where we’ll be headed.

In just over a month since we launched, over 10,000 of you have downloaded the app, and hopefully have taken it for a test drive. We’d like to thank each and everyone of you for giving it a shot. I’d especially like to thank our developer, Shoutem, for being so supportive.

To bring everyone up to date, we now have stores listed in ten countries: Australia (77), Belgium (32), Canada (52), Germany (107), Italy (1), Sweden (11), Switzerland (10), Turkey (2), United Kingdom (over 350), and of course the United States (over 1,200). The great thing is that everyone has helped. And we’re far from finished. We’ve received emails from people all over the globe letting us know about stores that need to be listed, and stores that are no longer in business.

Should you need to contact us with store openings, closings, a change of address, or a shop we’ve overlooked, you can always reach us at info[@] or on our app Facebook page.

The online press has been surprisingly receptive as well. Many thanks to NPR’s All Songs Considered blog, MTV Hive, Pitchfork, the AV Club in several cities, the Washington City Paper, The Daily Swarm, Dangerous Minds, Digital Music News, This Isn’t Happiness, Blurt, Business Insider, The Quietus, Amoeba Records, Caught By The River, and the BBC’s 6 Music. It’s been flattering and encouraging to say the least.

What are we working on to improve the app?

We’re adding stores just about everyday. We add them almost as fast as you email us. In the bigger picture, by far the biggest request has been for a better search mechanism. I’ll take this opportunity to remind everyone—this is a geo-location app. That’s what it’s designed to do. However, we agree with everyone. We’d like to see a better search mechanism as well. I can’t say how long this will take, but we are working on it.

Finally, this week we’ll be launching a new section on the app—an event calendar for record shows. This will be a work in progress, and will initially be US only, although we’ll eventually branch out to everywhere else. The calendar will be hosted courtesy of

So to wrap up, thank you from the bottom of our black vinyl hearts. Or red, if you prefer colored vinyl.

Lastly, we’d like to ask that you review the app in the store from where you downloaded – be it iTunes or the Android Marketplace. The reviews help in many, many ways.

Contact us: info [at] thevinyldistrict [dot] com or on Facebook

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  • Gauravun

    the app looks useful to me,India in need for an app store.

  • LeshaOgonkov

    App for Android always stay in memory, for a some reason. It’s very strange for info-app. Please fix it.
    Record store list for Russia is very tiny. Disappointed.

  • will

    FYE on Harbor and Orangethorpe sells vinyl! 1365 S Harbor Blvd Fullerton ca 92833. This store should be added to the app, great customer service.

    • oliviaung

      Thanks very much for the recommendation! However, we are limiting the app to independent retailers. Happy shopping!