Do I Need A Barcode To Sell My Music?
August 3, 2015
We often get asked ‘Do I need a barcode/UPC to sell my music on Amazon, iTunes or in shops? The answer is ‘Yes’. Below are some FAQs on barcodes.
Why you need a barcode
Whether you are selling your cd in a shop or online on iTunes etc., a barcode is needed to track your sales. Stores (digital or physical) will not sell music without one so there really isn’t a choice. Ditto Music give you free barcodes with your release and there is no reason why you ever need to pay for one.
Each release (single/EP/album) needs a separate barcode. For physical CDs this will be a graphic usually on the back of the CD. For digital releases this is a number that stores use to track your sales. These are two forms of the same thing. A digital barcode number can be converted to an image for your CD, Ditto Music offer this service for £2/$3.
How Many Barcodes Do I Need For A Release?
In the UK you need a different barcode number for your cd and your digital release. Ditto Music offer as many free barcodes as you need per release.
Do I Need A Different Barcode For Each Release?
You do, this is for sales tracking. If you had two releases with the same barcode then the store would not which to count the sales towards.
Can't I Just Make Up A Barcode?
Unfortunately not. The numbers are calculated by a complicated formula and the first half is unique to the company that owns them. All systems are set up to detect fake barcodes, this is to keep all barcodes unique. Otherwise your sales would go to another artist with the same barcode.
The Technical Bit:
For all you geeks out there: There are two main types of barcodes, UPC and EAN13. UPC is a 12-digit number usually from North America. EAN13 is a 13-digit number usually from the UK. Both forms can be used Worldwide. Online retailers systems are built to accommodate 13 digits in a barcode so a digit 0 would be added to the start of a UPC. For the physical barcode the number would remain as 12 digits.
So, upload today and sell your music online and in stores with Ditto Music. Receive free barcodes and all the support you need to succeed on your own terms.
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