Embedding ISRC Codes in Audio and Video Files



What is embedding and why do I need it?

The process of embedding is the entry of the ISRC code into the metadata of your file. Below are some examples to illustrate what that means:

You are riding in your car and the artist and title of a song is being displayed on the stereo or MP3 player.
Playing a song or video on your computer or phone and the cover picture of the artist is displayed along with a title and other information.

Have you ever wondered where that information comes from?

There are three possibilities of encoding that information. We can help you with achieving all of them:
  1. Just the ISRC code is embedded. This allows the information to be pulled from online databases which your Internet-connected devices access.
  2. All of the information is embedded directly in the file. (Yes, we can even embed the cover images.) This allows devices that are not connected to the Internet, like car stereos, MP3 players, CD players, etc. to display the information about your song.
  3. The ISRC plus all of the information is embedded in the file. This permits offline devices to display the information stored and online devices to have the option to display the stored information OR to pull the most current information from online databases.
Also, have you wondered how the ISRC code gets connected to the audio/video file when you upload it for sale, and how sales and royalties are tracked?

Embedding ISRC codes helps those who carry your work identify your songs and videos more easily. This aids them in tracking revenues, plays, etc. It is also beginning to be required in some cases. Embedding can help prevent song or video misidentification as well. In addition, if you ever lose your ISRC code, you will be able to retrieve it from your file if needed.

Let our professionals handle your ISRC embedding for you! The cost is only $5 per audio/video recording. Click here to order now!


Frequently asked questions

 
  How do I order ISRC embedding?
  Will the quality or content of my music or video be affected by embedding?
  How long does it take to embed ISRC codes?
  How do I get the audio or video files to you and back from you?
  Can I request to have other metadata besides or in addition to the ISRC code embedded?
  How can I see if the ISRCs are embedded after you embedded them?
  Can I do the embedding myself?
  Is embedding required?
  What file formats are supported and why?
     

How do I order ISRC embedding?
 
1stGo to our Order Page or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.
2ndPlace your order.

You will then receive an email with instructions on how to send us your song or video files and information to be embedded.
 
 

Will the quality or content of my music or video be affected by embedding?
  No, it will not. Our software is not capable of accessing the music or video portion of your files. Since we only work with the metadata portion of your files, our work does not affect the actual audio or video content portion of your file in any way. It is important to us to respect and protect the integrity of our customers’ work!
 
 

How long does it take to embed ISRC codes?
  We deliver embedding the same business day if you complete the order and supply us your files before 4pm EST.
 
 

How do I get the audio or video files to you and back from you?
  If you only have one file to embed, you can send it to us via email. We will email it back to you once it is embedded. For several tracks, especially videos, you can use an online storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox, or a music sharing site. We will then return the files to you via Dropbox/Google Drive by sending you a link to your embedded files which will be ready for download. No login is required.
 
 

Can I request to have other metadata besides the ISRC code embedded?
  Of course you can! Please let us know by specifying in your request what metadata exactly you would like embedded in your file. We can even embed your cover art. Just send it along with your files. The cover art to be embedded along with the ISRC codes should be in JPEG format, square shape, and roughly 300 by 300 pixels.
 
 

How can I see if the ISRCs are embedded after you embedded them?
  For good reason, the ISRC code is embedded deep within the file. Some authoring software and online music services allow you to display the ISRC. Windows Explorer, currently, does not. (If you are trying to determine if your song or video files already have an (or the correct) ISRC code embedded, we offer an ISRC verification service at only $5 per track or video.)
 
 

Can I do the embedding myself?
  If you have the required tools and the professional skills to embed your ISRC codes into the metadata of the file yourself, then sure, you could. But at only $5 a song/video, why would you want to? Save yourself the time & work and allow our ISRC professionals handle the embedding for you. You can order right here.
 
 

Is embedding of ISRC codes required?
  Embedding is not required everywhere. It depends on where you plan to sell/stream your music. Different stores and aggregators have different requirements. Clients have reported that ISRC embedding is now required to submit videos to MTV, for example.

Regardless of requirement, embedding your ISRC codes into your work is simply a smart thing to do. The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is the global standard for proper identification of recordings. Why would you not want to properly identify your work with the ISRC?
 
 

What file formats are supported and why?
  High-quality MP3, M4A (Apple Lossless Format), and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) are supported for audio and MP4 is supported for video. The mentioned file formats are supported because they have a separate metadata compartment in which we can embed the ISRC. Imagine it like a suitcase with two different compartments: One for your clean clothes, one for your shoes to keep those two items apart. The metadata compartment is separate from the music/video content. We never touch your music/video. Our work is solely in the metadata compartment.

Please note that it is NOT possible to embed ISRCs into WAV files because they do not have separate metadata compartments. Many in the music industry still ask for WAV files before considering any other format due to a misconception that MP3 files are inferior to WAV quality. This is NOT true any longer. The MP3 format accommodates various levels of quality, called bit rate. If you set this rate too low then you will receive a small file size with low quality audio. However, MP3 files now accommodate bit rates as high as 320, which results in a top quality recording. (In fact, some say that any quality level of 128 or better is sufficient.)

If you are still concerned about the quality of MP3 then feel free to submit your music in the M4A (Apple Lossless) or the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format.

If you need help converting (transcoding) your music from one file format to another, please see our instructions on how to convert WAV to MP3 or M4A using iTunes for free.

For free WAV to FLAC file format conversion instructions please click here, since iTunes does not offer this format.
 
 
 


For any other questions or to order by phone, please call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.





       
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