The International Standard Recording Code

ISRC enables sound recordings and music videos to be uniquely and permanently identified. ISRC helps to avoid ambiguity among recordings and simplifies the management of rights when recordings are used across different formats, distribution channels or products. The ISRC for a recording remains a fixed point of reference when the recording is used across different services, across borders, or under different licensing deals.

ISRC identifies sound recordings and music videos. ISRC is not used to identify compositions/musical works, music products or performers. Please check the FAQ page for more details.

For details of how to implement ISRC please consult the ISRC Handbook.

How it works

The structure (syntax) of ISRC comprises 12 alphanumeric characters, which should be presented with the 4-character prefix ‘ISRC’ when displayed in printed form.

Hover over the ISRC for a breakdown of the code

ISRCCode IdentifierAA-6Q7Prefix Code — a five character alphanumeric code allocated by the ISRC Agency-20Year of Reference — the last two digits of the year in which the ISRC is assigned to the track — assigned by the registrant-00047Designation Code — five digit unique code assigned by the Registrant. These numbers must not be repeated in the same calendar year.


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