ISRC Codes for your sound and video recordings are available today!
This FAQ (frequently asked questions) section is designed to help you understand common asked questions in relation to the ISRC code. It is our goal to keep your wants and needs top priority so if you have any additional questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What are ISRC Codes?
ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound and music video recordings. Each ISRC code is unique to each sound and video recording and permanently identifies each sound or video record for the format in which it appears; cd, audio file, or digital download. Only one code should be issued to a sound recording or music video. ISRC Codes are also used to identify videos and spoken word recordings such as audio books, sermons, and training programs.
Is the ISRC code different from a UPC code?
Yes, they are two different codes. The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) identifies individual tracks on an album while the UPC (Universal Product Code) identifies an album or CD. You can order the ISRC code, just click here.
For more information about the UPC code contact The Global Language of Business.
Does your company offer the UPC code?
At this present moment, we do not offer the UPC code for purchase. This will change in the immediate future though.
How much does it cost to register ISRC codes for my songs or videos?
We charge $5.00 per ISRC Code. The registration fee is $35 for your album, single, or DVD includes issuance of your ISRC codes, the collection of your track information, and the database registration of your tracks as required by the Recording Industry Association of America and IFPI.
My business is outside of the United States; can I still purchase my ISRCs from you?
Yes! Although our name says USA, we are authorized by the governing body of ISRC to issue International Standard Recording Codes to anyone domestic or abroad.
How do I get ISRC Codes for my music and video?
Whenever you are ready, you can obtain your ISRC code from us using a major credit card or PayPal account.
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After placing my order, what will I receive?
Upon completion of your order, you receive an email confirmation of your ISRC Code purchase. We will assign you an official ISRC code based off of the information you provided. We will email you the official ISRC code via email. We will file the proper registration of the tracks with the RIAA (Recording Industry of America).
How long does it take to receive my ISRC Codes after placing an order?
After placing your order, we will attempt to provide you with the ISRC code within a two to three hour time frame. Any order placed before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will arrive the same day. Order placed after that time will be received the next business day. If you have an immediate need for the ISRC code just email us at email@example.com and we will try to accommodate your request.
Do I need an ISRC Code for my album or a UPC code?
If you are planning to release a single or complete CD you will need one ISRC code for each track. In addition, the album would need a separate UPC code. This is a requirement set by retailers, online distributors, and RIAA. They will use the ISRC code to track individual song sales and the UPC code to track album sales.
Do same songs occurring on multiple releases require different ISRC codes?
No. A new ISRC is required only if ANYTHING about the song changes (track length, title, audio mastering, etc.).
According to the ISRC Manual, a new ISRC must be issued when:
How do I handle ISRC codes for cover songs?
A cover is considered a different performance from the original. It does require its own ISRC just like any other song. (When you complete our track data submission form, you simply list yourself or your band as the featured artist along with the track’s original title.)
Do I need a separate ISRC code for my music videos?
Yes, you do because the RIAA must be able to distinguish between the ISRCs that are assigned to audio and those that are assigned to video.
Can I get ISRC codes before I have all of my track information finalized?
No, this is not recommended. Although a code can be issued to you, we can’t register your tracks with the RIAA until you have provided the Track Duration, Version, and Recording Date. SoundScan would also need the completed information before you register your work with them.
Are the dashes (-) part of my ISRC code?
No, the dashes are NOT considered to be part of the 12-digit ISRC code. When entering your ISRC codes at an online music distribution site like iTunes, registering at SoundScan, or encoding your ISRCs, you should enter it as a 12-digit code without dashes or spaces. (Unless, of course, they specifically instruct you to enter it differently.)
What is SoundScan, why does it matter, and how do I register with it?
In order to have a chance at making the Billboard music charts, any release must be registered with SoundScan using UPC number (for the whole album) and ISRC codes (for the individual tracks). Without registration, the sales figures will not be counted, and will remain invisible to the system.
SoundScan registration is still free of charge but we can assist with the registration for a minimal $25 fee. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
What do I need to know about ISRC Codes for Audio Books, Podcasts, and other Spoken Word Recordings?
ISRC Codes are standard for spoken word recordings such as audio books, Podcasts, training programs, sermons, and similar audio recordings.