Barcodes for Music CDs

No one warned you how much work would be involved in producing your debut EP or Music Album…. but you’ve finally completed it! All those late nights have finally paid off, and you have finished your CD. But you are missing something important – a barcode! Every music album needs a barcode. This article will walk you through the steps for getting a barcode that is suitable for your music CD. You will find out what type of barcode to get, where to apply for it, and how to use it once you have received it.

It’s taken a few broken strings, hoarse voices and recording studio dramas, but you have finally completed your debut CD. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is get your music album into the shops and start selling thousands of copies. Right? No! First you need to get a barcode. It doesn’t matter whether you are selling your album in physical retail stores or online stores (like Amazon and CD Baby), you will need to get a barcode for your CD.

Barcodes that are used on CDs and other retail products tend to come in either EAN or UPC format. You will need to get either a 13-digit EAN barcode or a 12-digit UPC barcode for your CD. The difference between EAN and UPC barcodes is simple. EAN barcodes are used worldwide. They are the most common type of barcode in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia – in fact, everywhere in the world (except in the USA where the UPC barcode is more commonly used).

If you are confused about whether to get an EAN or UPC type barcode for your CD, don’t worry. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what type of barcode you use. Both types of barcodes can be read worldwide. In the USA there are many products that use the 13-digit EAN barcode.  Likewise, in the UK and Europe you will find a lot of products that use the 12-digit UPC barcode. Almost all barcodes scanners are capable of reading both EAN and UPC barcodes.

Regardless of whether you plan to sell your CD in physical retail stores, or only in online stores, you will need to get one of these EAN (or UPC) barcodes for your CD.  One of the best places to get barcodes is from Barcodes Limited – you can buy your barcode directly from one of their websites for an affordable price (you don’t need to provide them with any information about your CD). You will then receive your barcode number and images by email.

To use your barcode, just put the barcode onto your CD, and give it to your retailers. When your retailers receive your CD they will enter the barcode number and product information into their system. After this, when your barcode is scanned the product details will appear on their computer screen.

If you want to sell your CD on online stores such as Amazon and CD Baby, all you have to do is enter the barcode number into the online form when listing your product (Amazon will later assign your product with another unique code – an ASIN. Your product will then have two unique codes).

Now that you have a barcode on your debut CD, your CD will look much more professional! All you need to do now is wait for your album to start selling.

To buy a barcode for your CD from Barcodes Limited, please click on one of the following links (depending on your location):

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