ISRC Codes

ISRCInternational Standart Recording Code

The ISRC  is the international identification system for sound and music videos recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording, independent of the format on which it appears (CD, audio file, etc) or the rights holders involved. Only one ISRC should be issued to a track, and an ISRC can never represent more than one unique recording.

ISRC codes are used to track the sales of single tracks through digital distribution outlets like iTunes. An ISRC can also be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments through Internet and Satellite radio.

All of the ISRC’s should be added to your recording when you are mastering the album. They can also be added at the time of encoding by the digital aggregator or distributor used to deliver your recorded content.

Advantages of using ISRC.:

• ISRC is a unique, reliable, international identification system;

• ISRC provides a unique tool for the purpose of rights administration;

• ISRC is a useful identification tool in the electronic distribution of music;

• ISRC coding is compatible with standards developed in the field of consumer electronics and is readable by hardware already used in the recording industry;

• ISRC is cost effective – it can be put into operation without requiring special investment in equipment or technologies;

• ISRC is required by most digital distribution companies and download sites to sell content online.

External Links:

International Standart Recording Code – Wikipedia
More info on ISRC WebSite
FAQ to Apple by Independent Artists
ISRC HandBook