CODES (International Standard Recording Code)
|ISRC codes are assigned to
songs and encoded onto a CD for tracking purposes
Important: The ISRC codes are
encoded into the TOC (table of contents) area of
the CD. They are not embedded into the
individual song files. If you upload your songs to a
music service from the CD, the ISRC codes are not
included in the upload.
The ISRC codes will have to be
submitted to the music service manually. Most music
services have a form to assist you.
Each song will have a unique code that's a series of 12
letters and numbers (think of it as a special bar code for
As an example, the ISRC Code US-ABC-16-00001 breaks down
|US - Country
Code: Specifies the country the code was created in
(assigned by the RIAA).
ABC - Agent Code: This is the
unique identifier of the owner of the material (assigned
by the RIAA).
16 - Year Of Release:
This designates the last two digits of the year the song was
released (assigned by the song owner).
00001 - Designation Code: This number identifies the
song (assigned by the song owner).
- In 2011 a new Country Code was established for the US.
The new code is QM.
To become an agent and obtain an ISRC code, you'll need to
register with the RIAA.
The RIAA charges a one time fee to register.
To Get AN ISRC Code For Your Music
To get your code, visit the RIAA
Web Site to register.
The RIAA will assign the country of
origin and your Agent Code (Example: US-ABC). Once
you have that, you simply add the
year of the release
(Example: -15) and the 5 digit number (Example: -00001)
you want to assign to a song.
When you visit the RIAA web site at the above link, you'll
find a FAQ and other information regarding the use of ISRC
When you have your CD mastered, be sure to give your
mastering engineer the ISRC code for each song so he can
on your CD. The codes can be encoded by most CD
replicators at the time of replication. However,
they usually charge extra
for that service. We will
encode them free if you provide us with the codes on our Project