ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code and is best understood as a digital ‘fingerprint’ which identifies your sound or music video recording. ISRC codes can be embedded into digital and physical releases and allow you to sell your music on iTunes and Amazon, submit your tracks to the Gracenote Database and they also help prevent piracy and ensure that you automatically receive royalties.
ISRC codes are unique numbers which are embedded into music files during the mastering process. Your finished master can then be sent for CD duplication or replication and the ISRC codes will be included on all your pressed CDs. The ISRC codes will identify your music and track copying and distribution.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recommends that all music producers use ISRC.
ISRC codes for sound recordings in the UK can be obtained from Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) and registration is free. If you need any guidance on ISRC codes, Gracenote Registration or anything else related to producing your own music releases then wewow’s customer service team will be happy to help.