ISRC // UPC

Do I Need to Know What an ISRC or UPC Code Is?

No. They are codes that the music industry uses for stuff and things. Sometimes. DistroKid takes care of these things automatically (generates them, associates them with your music, etc.) so you don't have to think about it. Focus on your music and leave the technical to us. If you do...

Does DistroKid Provide ISRC Codes?

An ISRC code is a unique code assigned to each song you upload. DistroKid will automatically generate new DistroKid ISRC codes and associate them with every song you upload. It's free and automatic and you don't have to worry about it. If you want to specify your own IRSC code,...

I Already Have UPC and ISRC Codes. Can I Use Them?

ISRC codes, yes. UPC codes, no. DistroKid automatically generates DistroKid UPC and DistroKid ISRC codes for each release, so you don't have to think about it (or even know what that means). But if you want to specify your own ISRC codes for some reason, that's easy to do: Make...

Do I Need to Provide UPC or ISRC Codes?

No, you do not need to provide UPC or ISRC codes to DistroKid. If you want to specify your own ISRC codes, upgrade to a "Musician Plus" or "Label" account. If you want to apply for a UPC issued by GS1, please contact your local GS1 office here.

Can I Get My ISRC Codes Before I Upload My Music?

DistroKid gives you free DistroKid ISRC codes. They're automatically generated by DistroKid and displayed to you whenever you upload any song or album. If you need to have your DistroKid ISRC codes before uploading music, well... there's a way to do that, but it's sort of a hack. So we...

Should I Embed My ISRC Codes Directly into My Audio Files?

No. Don't bother embedding ISRC codes directly into your .wav (or other format) audio files. If you do, it won't cause any harm. But it's a waste of time, because stores ignore the data. If you're interested in using your own ISRC codes (instead of the free codes DistroKid ISRCs...