Ever wondered how a CD purchased from a store or online, has all its tracks recognized as soon as you pop it into your computer’s drive and on iTunes? Wonder no more. The information isn’t picked from your actual CD, but rather through Gracenote.

This enables your album information being visible iTunes, WinAmp, and Quintessential Media Player. You can register your album with Gracenote at www.gracenote.com or better yet, leave that to us and we will be more than happy to register your track titles listed in the IPR form for an added fee.

The Gracenote database provides album information to the following media players: iTunes, WinAmp, Quintessential Media Player, and Finder (Mac OS). Contact us to inquire about you can have this added to your CDs.

On the other hand, the visible track information you see when a CD is used in a stand alone CD player or a car CD player, your CD needs to be encoded with CD Text at the mastering stage.

Are you looking to track sales of your music in Canada and the United States? You can do so through Nielson Soundscan.

It’s an information system that tracks sales of music and music videos throughout the United States and Canada. Nielsen compiles data from more than 39,000 retail outlets globally, to help record labels, publishers, artists, artist management and performance rights organizations understand what albums, singles and music videos people are buying, and where they’re buying
them.

On a weekly basis, Nielsen collects point-of- sale (POS) data in 19 countries across the U.S., Canada and Europe. In the U.S. and Canada, physical and digital titles from venues, mass merchants, retail chains, independent record stores and digital download providers can be viewed by UPC, ISRC, artist, market, retailer type or genre.

How It Works

Based on your order quantity, we will provide you with a barcode you can use to register with Nielson Soundscan ensuring you are credited for all your sales. While your order is being processed, we will send you an email to complete the registration process. You will be required to add information such as genre, release date after which this information will
forwarded to Nielson Soundscan. Inquire about the minimum order to qualify for this service.

Please note, once they receive your information, it can take approximately 10-15 days for it to be entered into their system.