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Digital Music UPC Barcodes: How to Sell Music Online

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Question: Digital Music UPC Barcodes: How to Sell Music Online
Q. How do I purchase a UPC barcode so I can sell my digital music online?
Answer:

If you are an artist wanting to sell your own music on digital music services such as the iTunes Store, you will need to acquire a UPC barcode.

  • Option 1 - For $35 you can register your CD with CD Baby. If you then pay an extra $20 you can get a UPC barcode. CD Baby has promotional services that will increase your exposure and is a good route to go.
  • Option 2 - If you require a UPC barcode without the need for promotional services then you can get a UPC barcode from the Indie Artist Alliance for $9.95
  • Option 3 - If you are a company wanting to generate 1000's of UPC barcodes then the following route would be best:
    Obtain a 'manufacturer number' from the GS1 US (formally, Uniform Code Council). Once you have done that, a product number must be assigned to each SKU. One thing to keep in mind is that for each of your products, you will need a unique UPC barcode. The fee for initially registering with the GS1 US organization can be steep, but you can release multiple products with unique UPC barcodes.

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