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Get a barcode for music

Start selling your music – with GS1 numbers and barcodes

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

If you’re looking to sell via iTunes 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 under barcodes on CDs and 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. 

How we can help

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

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 two options, starting from just £25 a year.

Option 1: best if you want to release a
single track or album

  • 1 x GTIN-13 licence for £25 per year
  • 2 x GTIN-13 licence for £50 per year
  • 3 x GTIN-13 licence for £75 per year 

All numbers come with EPS images of your barcodes. Just complete this form to apply for your number(s).

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, just ask.

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If you are already a member of GS1 UK then please login to our members area where you can create GTINs and barcodes for your products

Get a barcode for music

Working with BPI, AIM and MMF

If you are a member of BPI (British Phonographic Industry), AIM (Association of Independent Music), or MMF (Music Managers Forum), we can offer you tailored options for licensing our numbers