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ISRC Numbers

Arkade is authorised by IFPI to issue ISRCs for music tracks uploaded to Arkade and the integration of an automated ISRC generator on Arkade means that Artists posting their tracks on their Arkade site can now simply generate a unique ISRC number to be associated with each track.

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 which can be permanently encoded into a track’s Meta Data as its digital fingerprint.

Each ISRC number is unique and only relates to one individual track. Each version or mix of a track must have its own unique ISRC. For collections of tracks such as an EP or Album or merchandise (CD), an EAN or UPC number is required.

Encoded ISRCs provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recommends that all music producers use ISRC.

Benefits of using ISRC

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.
  • ISRCs are readable by hardware already used in the recording industry.
  • ISRCs can be used without requiring investment in special equipment or technologies.
  • ISRCs are a mandatory requirement of Official Chart governing bodies.

UPC and EAN Numbers

A UPC (12 Digit Universal Product Code number) or EAN (13 digit European Article Number) is simply a number which can be exclusively associated with your Album, EP, Single or Merchandise Item. Unlike an ISRC number which is used to identify an individual recording a UPC or EAN number is used to identify a group of recordings or a physical product.

Arkade recommends that you use an EAN number which can be purchased for a small charge without requiring that you become a member of an issuing agency. This single licence option has been designed for independent music makers and small labels. To apply visit

A wide range of software options to generate barcodes are available and GS1 provide a free service to check the validity of your barcode. For more information on UPC, EAN and barcodes visit the GS1 site at