Just like UPC Barcodes, ISRC codes are broken down into four main parts. These parts help toidentify each individual track. Let’s take a look at the different sections of an ISRC code.
The ﬁrst two “characters” are actually letters. As you can probably tell, these two letters identifythe country where the SRCO (sound recording copyright owner) resides. Each country has aspeciﬁc two-letter code assigned to them. (obviously the code for the United States is “US”).
The next three “characters” are the registrant code. This is a unique identiﬁer issued to eachregistrant. When you register with the US-ISRC, they will provide you with your own uniqueregistrant code, which will be used of
tracks you own.
Year of Reference Code
The “year of reference” section of the ISRC code is a two digit code that references the yearthat the ISRC was applied to the recording.
TRACK Identifier Code
The last 5 digits of the ISRC code are the track code. This code is generated by the registrantand is a unique number to identify each track in the registrant’s catalog. This code cannot be re-used after it is assigned to a track until one year has passed.