A guide to using 45cat
Welcome to 45cat the world's premier database of music released on the 7" single. With over 529000 records (and thousands being added weekly) and 284000 member comments, the 45cat community intends to catalogue, review and discuss every 7" record ever pressed throughout the world!
45cat is more than just creating a library of records - it's discovering the vast resource of amazing music hidden within the grooves. Members share knowledge by adding comments, ratings and YouTube videos to every record. For more general chat, have a look at the forums, where you can discuss records and music with knowledgeable 45cat folk.
Catalogue your collection and wants
Managing your collection is simple with 45cat. Click the I Own It or I Want It buttons on each record, and your collection will be created for you. Your collection can be shared with other members, or made private just for you. And you can always download your collection for your own personal use in a spreadsheet or word document.
Contribute to 45cat
1) Add Records
How many seven inch singles have been released worldwide? One day we hope to find out and if we all contribute we'll get there a lot faster! If you have a record in your collection and it's not on our database then please help us along by clicking Add 45. Adding records is quick and easy, although there is a quick guide you should read first. You can also browse the newly added records.
2) Add Comments
Catalogue numbers and release dates are useful facts but it's your comments on records that make the site more interesting... We need opinions, reviews, anecdotes and even rambling surreal stories. Simply click "Add Comment" on the record you're viewing. View the latest comments.
3) Add Images
Hopefully we've given enough examples for you to see how amazing the discographies look with added sleeve and label scans. Help fill in the gaps! To add an image, click the "Contribute Image" link on the record page. For help, there is a guide to submitting images. You can also view the latest images.
4) Add Videos
Share the music! 45cat is also about discovering and listening to great tracks. Adding videos is quick and easy, using the YouTube button in comments. View the latest videos.
5) Add Ratings
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Let the people decide. Simply click on "Rate" next to the track you've chosen and then click again on a number out of ten. View the latest ratings.
6) Spot Mistakes
To err is human. If you see a typing error, spelling mistake or you think some other detail is wrong then please let us know by clicking the "Make Correction" link.
7) Edit Images
There are many label or sleeve scans on the website that need to be edited to fit the 45cat look. Either cropped to a circle, straightened or re-cropped so that they're similar sized. Simply click the Edit Images link on the relevant record page. Or browse the latest images that need editing.
8) Create/Edit Biographies
You can help create biographies for every artist and label on 45cat (not just the "notable" ones unlike some websites!). Every artist and label has a "Create Biography" link - or if the biography already exists, then you can edit it with any improvements or additions you have.
Use the forums to discuss anything related to records or music in general. The main forum is for general music/vinyl chat, the using the website forum lets you get help on using the site, and the off-topic forum is where you can discuss anything and everything else!
Link to us
Support 45cat by linking to us from your blog, website or facebook page. Images can't be hotlinked directly unless you use specific link HTML, see the image linking page for details. For logos and graphics see our logos page.
Follow the latest added records on our Twitter Feed of added records.
We also have RSS Feeds of latest comments, records and ratings.
Can I buy records on 45cat?
Not at the moment. Records can be bought from eBay, Amazon, iTunes & Music Stack
Can I download or listen to music on 45cat?
Many of the records on 45cat have Youtube videos on their page, so you can listen to the records while browsing the site. However we're not a download site, and you can't download music here.
Create an account to participate in the friendly and knowledgable 45cat community. It's quick, easy and free, and you'll be able to manage your collection and wants lists, comment on records, submit records and images, and chat with other members.