ISRC

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The International Standard Recording Code permanently and uniquely identifies sound recordings, along with other creative media.  There are several rules to consider when issuing recordings ISRC's and are usually embedded in the mastering process.  The codes are used for digital commerce (iTunes, Amazon, etc. . .), collecting societies (ASCAP, BMI, etc. . .) and to identify recordings for payment of royalties.  You can learn more and apply online at usISRC.org