AS NZS 5901:2020 Information and documentation – International Standard Recording Code (ISRC).
This document specifies the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for the unique identification of recordings.
The ISRC is applicable to the identification of audio recordings and music video recordings whether they are in analogue or digital form.
The ISRC is not applicable to the numbering of audio or audiovisual products or carriers. Neither is it applicable to the numbering of packages of audio recordings or music video recordings with other media items.
The ISRC is applicable to music video recordings even if they have been assigned an International
Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) in accordance with ISO 15706 (all parts), or a Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) in accordance with ISO 26324, but it is not applicable to other forms of
audiovisual recording.
2 Normative references
There are no normative references in this document.
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
ISO and IEC maintain term inological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:
— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https://www.iso,org/obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at
audio recording
fixation of sounds
music video recording
fixation of sounds synchronized with pictures or moving pictures where (a) the fixed sounds are wholly or substantially a musical performance or (b) the recording (3.3) is intended for viewing in association with a recording of a musical performance
Note 1 to entry: This definition includes music videos and concert recordings, together with music-related interviews and documentaries, but does not extend to general audiovisual material, even if it includes music.
audio recording (ii) or music video recording (3.2)
Note 1 to entry: A recording can be composed of parts that are themselves recordings (see A.1.9).
Note 2 to entry: A recording is distinct from the carrier in which it is embodied for release, even if no other recordings are included.AS NZS 5901 pdf download.