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Get barcodes for music

Our unique numbers play a big role if you’re selling music online or in store

If you’re looking to sell online via Apple Music and Amazon, or in physical outlets, and need barcodes on your vinyl or CDs, you may have been asked to provide Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), Universal Product Codes (UPCs) or EANs.

These are all unique identification numbers – the ones you’ll see not only on vinyl and CD barcodes but on almost every product you can buy. These numbers come from us – we’re part of the global GS1 organisation that manages the barcode standards and allocates the numbers.

Adding these to your music means the music industry can uniquely track your sales – cutting down on piracy and making sure you get all royalties to which you’re entitled. This in turn benefits the music industry and allows for more opportunities within it for new, emerging and successful artists.

How we can help you with barcodes for music?

We can provide you with unique numbers and barcodes for your music – helping you identify your products and manage your sales. If you just want to trade online through digital downloads, the numbers alone will do. But we can also supply you with barcodes for CDs and vinyl too.

Your options for barcodes for your music

GS1 UK is a not-for-profit membership organisation. We don’t sell you our unique numbers, but offer annual licences.

For the music industry, there are a couple options, starting from £60 a year.

Option 1: Best if you want to release some tracks or albums
  • 10 x GTIN-13 licence for £60 per year + VAT

This option also comes with three free barcode image credits. Select music on the join form and follow the simple steps.

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Option 2: Best for record labels needing more numbers

Membership fees are dependent on turnover, and you’ll receive an annual licence for at least 1,000 GTINs (or barcode numbers).

Sign up for full membership.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll have the support of our dedicated team. So, if you ever have any questions about using your numbers, or about vinyl or CD barcodes, just ask.

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