When a recording has an ISRC it can be uniquely and easily identified.

This is a first step in being able to manage recordings and associated revenues.

  • Producers of recordings assign ISRCs to their recordings to allow each recording to be clearly, unambiguously distinguished from other recordings across complex value chains
  • Digital distributors use ISRC within their databases and stores, linked to information such as reviews, and for sales reporting
  • Music Licensing Companies use ISRC to identify tracks and to implement track-based distribution and reporting
  • Broadcasters and webcasters use ISRC in their reports of the usage of recordings
  • ISRC may also have a role in certain anti-piracy scenarios

With the transition to digital commerce, the ISRC has become increasingly important, as it can reliably identify recordings when data is exchanged between different proprietary systems.