Understanding UPC and ISRC Codes

UPC stands for 'Universal Product Code' and ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code.

What is a UPC?

UPC stands for 'Universal Product Code'.
UPC is the barcode for trade items, digitalized music being such an item.
A UPC represents your release, a track or collection of tracks known as an album.

What is an ISRC code? 

ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code, it's the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each code is permanent and distinctive. This means that your track will have the same ISRC code everywhere, regardless of platform or streaming service. The code helps to verify a few things such as Track title, Artist Name, Album Title, Label Name, and UPC.

An ISRC is essentially a music tracking code that verifies associated recording information.

Can I use my own ISRC and UPC codes when distributing through Family in Music?

Yes. When creating your release, you can choose to enter your own ISRC and UPC codes if you like.

I don't have my own codes. Can Family in Music generate ISRC and UPC codes?

If you don't have your own ISRC and UPC codes available, Family in Music can generate the codes for you. When you create your release, choose 'No' in the corresponding fields in order for the codes to be generated. Please note, that the codes are only generated once the release is approved for delivery to the stores.

Where do I find my UPC / ISRC codes?

Once your music has been approved for delivery, you can easily find your UPC / ISRC codes within the Assets section in Distribution.

1. Login into your FAIM Account

2. Navigate to Distribution > Assets

3. The UPC will be displayed for each product respectively


4. ISRCs are issued track by track, and you can find the codes easily by selecting an album and clicking on the 'Tracks' tab