What is a UPC bar code?

What is a UPC bar code?

Short answer: A UPC bar code is a unique 12-digit serial number that identifies your specific product amongst all the other products on the marketplace. The long answer: The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology (i.e., a specific type of barcode) that is widely used in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and in other countries for tracking trade items in all types of stores. Its most common form, the UPC-A, consists of 12 numerical digits, which are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Along with the related EAN barcode, the UPC is the barcode mainly used for scanning of trade items at the point of sale, per GS1 specifications, yet is also...

Why do I need a UPC?

You need a UPC for digital and physical distribution of albums, EPs, singles, DVDs and more.

How do I get a UPC?

The good news is that we provide UPCs (and ISRCs) to all of our label partners and artists.

How much does a UPC cost?

It’s free!!! We do not charge any costs for your UPCs! That’s right. Most distributors will charge you up to $25 for each and every UPC. You can register as a company with the GS1 US organization, and pay them $750 to be a GS1 US member. They would assign you a UPC prefix, and you could release multiple products under that company registration. Yet that is not the case with Sugo Music Group. We provide UPCs free. As with ALL of our additional services, we do not charge any add-on fees or any additional costs. Not too many distributors can say that!

Can I change my UPC or have multiple UPCs for different formats?

A UPC bar code identifies an individual product in the marketplace. It’s recommended to stick with one UPC per product. It is acceptable to have different bar codes for different formats of the same album such as vinyl, download, CD, etc. However, if you assign another album's bar code to a new release, combine two bar code numbers, or make up an invalid bar code number, you may be removed from various digital stores. Using an incorrect or invalid bar code causes metadata confusion for retailers and distributors and creates incorrect distribution reporting.

Along with free UPCs, what other free services does Sugo Music Group offer?

Unlike all other distributors, we offer numerous valuable services that are free of charge. Our objective is to build long lasting and prosperous relationships with our label partners and artists by providing a suite of free services as well as a Complete Distribution Portfolio. Our free services include: free album and singles compilations, PRO registration, Pandora and SiriusXM submissions, video channel graphics, album submissions, licensing submissions, UPCs and more!

What is the difference between a UPC and an ISRC code?

An ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a unique 12-character alphanumeric ‘digital fingerprint’ that stays with an individual recorded track forever, regardless of any changes in ownership of the track. We provide unique ISRCs for your tracks during the metadata and content stage prior to delivering your products to retailers. ISRC codes are used to trace sales of single tracks through various digital distributions and broadcast outlets. A UPC (Universal Product Code or Barcode) represents the entire digital product (album, EP or single), as opposed to just an individual digital track. Manufacturer’s UPC codes are typically found on the back of the sound recording’s...

How do I get UPC and ISRC codes?

You will get them both from Sugo Music Group… for free!!! FYI, other options include applying for an ISRC code from the RIAA and applying for UPC prefix from GS1.

Do you require a tax identification number/social security number for UPCs?

No, companies are not required to supply a tax ID number and individuals are not required to supply a social security number. That said, we do require your Tax ID number to pay royalties to you.

Does the barcode tell me (or others) in which country a product was manufactured?

No, it is absolutely not possible to tell in which country a product has been made by looking at the barcode.

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