A UPC (Universal Product Code), EAN (European Article Number) and JAN (Japanese Article Number) are unique identifiers for retail products. These codes are sometimes referred to as “bar codes". UPCs, EANs and JANs are three types of identifier formats that fall under the umbrella of GTINs (Global Trade Item Numbers).
Yes. In order for your music to be sold in the iTunes Store, each product (e.g. album, EP, single, and video) is required to have a unique UPC, EAN or JAN. These unique identifiers are used for tracking and reporting sales.
No, you cannot edit a UPC/EAN/JAN once it has been submitted to iTunes. Once a UPC code is assigned to an album that you deliver, it cannot be used again. If you used a UPC that was intended for another album or an incorrect UPC, you will need to remove the album from the iTunes Store and resend the album with its correct or new UPC. We will not delete a UPC from the iTunes database.
To remove an album from the iTunes Store, access the album from My Music section of iTunes Connect, inspect the album details, click on Edit Territory Rights and Pricing and uncheck all assigned territories from the "Cleared for Sale" column. This will make the album not visible and not purchasable in the iTunes Store.
The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a unique international identifier for individual tracks on sound and music video recordings.
Yes. In order for your music to be sold in the iTunes Store, each song or music video requires an ISRC. ISRCs are distributed through various national agencies. You can obtain ISRCs by contacting the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). For more information on ISRCs, visit the ISO-appointed international registration authority for ISRC.
An ISRC contains 12 characters; for example: US-Z01-12-12345
You cannot edit the ISRC of an album once it has been submitted to iTunes. Please re-upload your content with a new UPC/EAN/JAN code with the correct ISRCs.
You must have a UPC and an ISRC to upload your content to the iTunes Store.
No. The iTunes system prevent the same UPC/EAN/JAN from being submitted twice by the same content provider. You are unable to delete a UPC from the iTunes system once it has been submitted to iTunes. It is important to verify that your inputted metadata is correct before submitting your content to iTunes to avoid any inconvenience because of this rule.