A UPC (Universal Product Code) or EAN (International Article Number) is a unique code used to identify a product, such as an album, single or any release.
The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video 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.
ISRCs are widely used in digital commerce by download sites and collecting societies. 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.
The ISRC system is the key to royalty collection for recordings in the digital information age.
- 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.