Free ISRC or UPC Codes?



Look, we get it... There are sites that suggest you get ISRC or UPC codes for "free". Here are some things you might consider when evaluating that as an option:

1) Do I get them right now? Today?
2) Will I really own my ISRC or UPC codes or does the provider?
3) Are they properly issued to my audio/video recordings & my releases and are permanent records kept of this issuance to me?
4) Do I get my ISRC or UPC Codes without paying for some kind of other service they're going to be "bundling me" with?
5) Do I have to give up anything else?


The tricky part are the terms and conditions with some of these services/sites. You may find that you are granted “conditional usage rights” only, meaning that you get you use the “free” ISRC or UPC codes as long as you keep doing business with them. Which is great for starters, but what if they go under or if you want to move on to another company? You want full ownership and transferability of your ISRC or UPC codes in case you decide to take your business elsewhere. You want to be sure that this is the case.

Another concern about getting these bundled codes is the timing. Most often, they are issued upon submission to distribution when you upload to a site. Getting your codes (ISRC & UPC) at this stage can be a bit late for various reasons:
  1. Your mastering house usually wants your codes for the purpose of including them in the PQ-data encoded in the DDP (replication master).
  2. Your graphic artist will need the UPC barcode when you start working on your cover design so that they can include in your back cover (CD or Vinyl) before you even start making the albums.
  3. PRO (Performing Rights Organization) Registrations - Some (not all) of the PROs now collect codes as part of their registrations of your works for royalty collection/tracking.
  4. Copyright registration - it makes sense to submit your recordings to the copyright office fully identified (embedded with your codes, artist name, title, cover art) prior to distribution.
  5. SoundScan registration - Who is handling this and when? Registering for the Billboard charts requires your ISRC & UPC Codes and should happen before the first sale takes place.
  6. MediaBase registration - Who is handling this and when? Registering your work for airplay tracking with an airplay tracking organization should happen before songs go live (Mediabase does ask for ISRC and UPC to help disambiguate the song/release registrations).



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We get you release-ready with ISRCs for your music & video, UPCs for your releases (single, album, etc.), along with META data embedding into your works, and even chart registration help if you need it, right now (as in TODAY) with no strings and no gimmicks.

We have worked hard to make the process as simple as possible. Let’s get started…
  • If you are looking to first learn more of about ISRC codes, please click here for the FAQ (frequently asked questions).
  • If you are ready to purchase your ISRC codes and/or UPCs, please click here.


       
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