|Buying Official UPC Codes for SoundScan Registration|
|Simply Barcodes is a supplier of single UPC barcodes. Our UPC codes are compatible with the SoundScan system.
In recent weeks we have received an increasing number of requests for information regarding how to obtain UPC codes required to register a CD or other release in the Nielsen SoundScan system. Below is a guide explaining what SoundScan is, what the requirements are, how to obtain the required official UPC barcodes, and how to register your release.
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|What is SoundScan?|
|SoundScan is a tracking system operated by the ACNielsen. According to their website, "Nielsen SoundScan is an information system that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (on-line stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts."|
|Why would I want to participate?|
|In order to have a chance at making the Billboard music charts, your release must be registered with SoundScan using your UPC number (for the whole album) and ISRC codes (for the individual tracks). If you do not register then your sales figures are not counted, and you remain invisible to the system.|
|Is there a cost to participate in SoundScan?|
|At the time of this guide's publication, SoundScan registration is still free of charge.|
|What is required to sign up with SoundScan?|
|Signing up with SoundScan requires that your release has an official UPC number. The UPC number consists of the 12 digits listed below the UPC barcode used to identify your release.
Single Tracks may also be tracked via SoundScan. This requires that you get an ISRC code (International Standard Recording Code) for each track that you are selling individually. (Please note that you will still need a UPC code, even if you are just registering tracks. UPC is a required field on the SoundScan track registration form.)
|How do I obtain an official UPC code?|
|You can purchase an official UPC barcode from Simply Barcodes by clicking here. We are the most trusted, preferred and visited site to buy individual UPC codes. These UPC barcodes are guaranteed to be official, authentic, legal, and unique.
We can also assist you in obtaining your ISRC codes and properly registering them with the Recording Industry Association. Please read this site on getting ISRC codes for your music or call us at 404-885-6066 for assistance.
|Once I have my UPC code and/or ISRC codes, what's next?|
|The last step in the process is to complete the SoundScan registration form with your UPC number, label details, and release information.
To register your entire album (once for your physical CD and once more for your digital album download) complete the U.S. & Canada SoundScan Album registration form.
To register any tracks that you're selling individually for download, complete the U.S. & Canada SoundScan Single Track registration form.
To see the Nielsen Company site in your country, click here.
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