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What is an ISDN# and how does one obtain one?
Old 17th November 2007
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What is an ISDN# and how does one obtain one?

What is an ISDN# and how does one obtain one.....Thanksthumbsup
Old 19th November 2007
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Peter Wells, SVP Operations, Customer Advocate - Tunecore
 
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What is an ISDN# and how does one obtain one.....Thanksthumbsup
I'm pretty sure you mean "ISRC," Syki. An ISRC is just like a UPC for an individual song. It's an alphanumeric string of numbers that fist a certain format designed to be a unique identifier for a song.

The first four numbers must be alphabetical: the first two are the country (US) and the next few are the company identifier. The remaining bunch can be anything. They should be unique to the song: the song (or track) will always have that ISRC even if it's on two different albums--but it's not required.

How do you get them? Well, short answer: you get them for free from TuneCore. We provide these at no charge, and they're yours for life. You can use them anywhere you want, even if you don't use or discontinue with TuneCore.

But don't put too much stock in them. Those numbers are used by some tracking services, such as CDDB/Gracenote, AllMusic Guide (AMG) and some charting services. Many digital retailers use them almost like sku numbers, to track movement of songs. iTunes, however, assigns its own internal code for each song, so they're not the be-all and end-all.

Hope that helps!

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Old 19th November 2007
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I'm pretty sure you mean "ISRC," Syki. An ISRC is just like a UPC for an individual song. It's an alphanumeric string of numbers that fist a certain format designed to be a unique identifier for a song.

The first four numbers must be alphabetical: the first two are the country (US) and the next few are the company identifier. The remaining bunch can be anything. They should be unique to the song: the song (or track) will always have that ISRC even if it's on two different albums--but it's not required.

How do you get them? Well, short answer: you get them for free from TuneCore. We provide these at no charge, and they're yours for life. You can use them anywhere you want, even if you don't use or discontinue with TuneCore.

But don't put too much stock in them. Those numbers are used by some tracking services, such as CDDB/Gracenote, AllMusic Guide (AMG) and some charting services. Many digital retailers use them almost like sku numbers, to track movement of songs. iTunes, however, assigns its own internal code for each song, so they're not the be-all and end-all.

Hope that helps!

--Peter
peter@tunecore.com
Thanks Peter , Borders Book store mentioned they need an ISDN# To be able and order a CD. for retail...thanks though
Old 21st November 2007
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Peter Wells, SVP Operations, Customer Advocate - Tunecore
 
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Oh! Well, those are actually "ISBN" numbers...

I could Google it. Why don't you, too? Race ya!

--Peter
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Old 21st November 2007
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Sorry Peter...lol...I should have rephrased my question. Does Tunecore, Itunes, or CD.baby supply these numbers?

And have a happy Thanks Giving!!
Old 26th November 2007
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You can purchase one from CD Baby, used to be $35 or many manufacturers will provide it free or for a small fee. I think Discmakers is one that will do it for free if you have your CDs printed by them.
Old 26th November 2007
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Smile UPC Barcodes

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You can purchase one from CD Baby
I think you're talking about UPC Barcodes.

Most CD manufacturers will include a UPC Barcode in your $1000 order if you're manufacturing 1000 CDs with them. Since most of our clients manufacture their CDs, most of our clients already have UPC Barcodes.

If you need a UPC Barcode, we can sell you one for $20, register it with SoundScan and everything as yours for life. (TuneCore does this for free.)

We give out ISRC codes for free.
Old 26th November 2007
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If you're talking ISBN numbers--nope, that's not a service TuneCore offers. We don't really do much with Library of Congress cataloging. Book publishers may know more.

Best of luck!

--Peter
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