Getting A Barcode for Your Debut CD

It’s taken several broken strings, croaky voices and technical dramas, but you have finally completed your debut music album. Well done! Now the only thing you have to do is get your music CD into the CD stores and start selling millions of them. Right? No! First you must obtain a bar code. It doesn’t make a difference whether you are selling your music album in physical CD shops or internet websites (like Amazon and CD Baby), you will need to get a bar code for your music CD.

Bar codes that are used on music CDs and other retail products tend to come in either EAN or UPC format. You will need to obtain either a 13-digit EAN bar code or a 12-digit UPC barcode for your music album. The distinction between EAN and UPC bar codes is easy to explain. EAN bar codes can be used worldwide. They are the most common type of code in England, Australia, the Middle East, and India – in fact, everywhere in the world (except in the US where the Universal Product bar code is more frequently used).

If you are unsure about whether to get an EAN or UPC type barcode for your music CD, don’t worry. The reality is that it doesn’t make a difference what type of bar code you use. Both types of barcode can be scanned globally. In the United States there are many products that use the European Standard bar code. Likewise, in the UK and Europe you will be able to find a lot of products that use the 12-digit UPC barcode. Almost all barcode scanners are capable of reading both EAN and UPC bar codes.

It doesn’t matter whether you plan to sell your CD in physical shops, or only on online websites, you will need to obtain one of these EAN (or UPC) bar codes for your music album. Barcodes Limited provides EAN (or UPC) codes that are suitable for use on CDs (or any other merchandise).

To obtain a bar code from Barcodes Limited, all you need to do is buy a barcode directly from their online shop (you don’t have to provide them with any details about your CD, because the bar code you will receive will simply be a unique number that has no album information encoded into it). After making your bar code application, you will receive your bar code number and digital barcode images by email.

To begin using your new bar code, just put the bar code onto the cover of your music CD, and give it to your retailers. When your retailers get your album they will input the barcode number and product description into their stock system. After this, when your barcode is scanned the product details will appear on their inventory screen.

If you intend to sell your music album on online shops like Amazon and CD Baby, all you need to do is enter the bar code number into the internet form when listing your CD (Amazon will later assign your CD another unique barcode – an ASIN. Your album will then have two unique codes).

Well done! You have put a barcode onto your CD. Now that you have a bar code on your first album, your music CD will look much more high end! All you have to do now is wait for your CD to start selling.

To get a barcode for your CD from Barcodes Limited, please click on one of the following links:

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