When a recording has an ISRC it can be uniquely and easily identified.
This is a first step in being able to manage recordings and associated revenues.
Producers of recordings assign ISRCs to their recordings to allow each recording to be clearly, unambiguously distinguished from other recordings across complex value chains
Digital distributors use ISRC within their databases and stores, linked to information such as reviews, and for sales reporting
Music Licensing Companies use ISRC to identify tracks and to implement track-based distribution and reporting
Broadcasters and webcasters use ISRC in their reports of the usage of recordings
ISRC may also have a role in certain anti-piracy scenarios
With the transition to digital commerce, the ISRC has become increasingly important, as it can reliably identify recordings when data is exchanged between different proprietary systems.
ISRC code structure: