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|ISRC Coding of Music Tracks
|What is an ISRC Code?
ISRC coding is a way of giving music tracks a unique identifying code.
An ISRC code can be used as an aid in detecting product piracy, and
is useful in facilitating radio air time royalties. The ISRC coding
scheme is administered internationally by the IFPI (the International
Federation of the Phonographic Industry), and by the PPL (Phonographic
Performance Limited) in the UK .
How does the ISRC code work?
In brief the artist or record label applies to the PPL and is given
a series of codes. As the the artist or record label you allocate
a unique code from the series to each track on any album you release,
include a different code for different versions, eg. remixes or edits,
of the same track to help monitor which proves to be the most demanded.
If you then licenses the same track to different companies in different
countries, the ISRC code still remains the same and is always tied
to that track. If the track turns up on some strange album without
its ISRC code, or with a false code, then it's a good indication that
piracy may have taken place.
How are Air play / radio Royalties calculated?
All radio stations nowadays operate automated playout systems where
tracks from CDs are automatically cued up and played out on computer
controlled equipment. This equipment extracts the ISRC codes from
the tracks played in order to produce an automated schedule of royalties
payable. Having an ISRC code is an advantage where radio play is likely.
When do I need the ISRC code?
The ISRC code has to be inserted into the subcode data during the
mastering process in your recording studio. To avoid project delays
we recommend obtaining your ISRC codes in advance of going to the
studio, so make sure you get your series from the PPL before doing
How do I go about obtaining ISRC Codes - contact PPL or IFPI?
How do I go about obtaining ISRC Code - PPL the UK body can be contacted
through its website at http://www.ppluk.com
where you can also find more detailed information.
IFPI the International recording body can be contacted through its
web site at http://www.ifpi.org
How do I go about obtaining ISRC Codes from CD?
Obtaining ISRC Code from CD - ISRC Codes are embedded in the audio
track of a CD as described above. To check any CD's ISRC codes...simply
put the CD into computer....double click on CD icon ....pick any track....drop
it into an audio cd burning program such as Jam or Wavelab....get
info....hey presto...all the tracks' ISRC codes on the CD come up
in a nice list
How can I add ISRC Codes to my audio CD?
Discus Group can add ISRC codes to CD for you as prior to our CD manufacturing
process. Contact us now for more details of whats involved. Contact