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All major digital music outlets require your album to have a barcode. It doesn’t have to be on your CD artwork. It just has to be in our system, so we can send it to these companies. If you already have barcode from some other place, we will add it to the system for you. If you don’t have a barcode we will assign one for your free of charge.

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Basically what happens is that we send out every release to the selected partners, and it is ultimately their decision what they accept. This doesn’t mean that all of these services have rejected your music, as many of these services have limited capabilities and sometimes it takes longer to get new material up. They also will be focusing more on getting the top selling artists uploaded before they worry about anything else. Therefore the answer is that it will either take more time, or that they have decided to skip your product. In addition there are some stores that pick music themselves from our catalogue.

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The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. An ISRC is a code that gets embedded as data into your song. It works as virtual identification and is a bit like a barcode. Without an ISRC your song could played for free in areas which would otherwise entitle you to royalties. You should use the same ISRC code for your digital and physical distribution.

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If you already have signed for digital distribution, please make sure that you are under a non-exclusive contract in order to work with us. As long as you exclude the stores you are already delivered through the other distributor, you can reach all stores that we offer on top of them. Our digital agreement is non-exclusive and you can use our services for only those services you are not delivered to currently. Remember, if you already have signed for digital distribution, please try to avoid doubling of albums to one same store, this can cause your completely exclusion from this particular store.

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In most cases, we can have your music in the stores within 48 hours of when we deliver it. However, to be safe, it is best to have your music to us at least 4 weeks before your release date. This gives us ample time to promote your release before the release date.

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HearYou Music provides ISRCs and UPCs for FREE to all clients! Of course you will be able to provide ISRCs and UPCs by your own when we are setting up your account. Please remember that you cannot use the UPCs provided free from HearYou Music for physical distribution or digital services outside of HearYou digital network.

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No, there are certain restrictions and the barcodes we assign to your release can not be used for physical distribution or digital services outside of HearYou digital network. We can provide a UPC code for physical distribution for a $5 fee.

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