Reporting to SoundScan (This Feature Dedicated to the Memory of Snuggles)

Sales on Bandcamp will soon be reported to Nielsen SoundScan, the company behind the Billboard charts. Before we can start submitting weekly stats, however, we need you to please add your UPC codes to your albums, and ISRC codes to your tracks. Just go to each album or track’s page, click Edit, and towards the bottom you’ll see new fields for this data. They look like this:



If you don’t know what UPC or ISRC codes are, but would like to learn, this is a good article on the topic. Please note that Bandcamp does not supply those codes, but plenty of others do, such as CDBaby. More info can be found here and here.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have enough data from all of you to begin weekly reporting. Here’s to you, Snuggles:

Update August 24th: We now submit US, Canadian and international sales reports to SoundScan each and every Monday morning. Thanks to everyone for getting your ISRC and UPC codes added!


  1. Posted June 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    thanks guys! just added all the ISRC codes for our new album.

  2. Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    A thought for future development: allow the uploading/updating of an artist’s entire catalog via some open-format database file (CSV or the like).

    Of course, I think of this now, because of the thought of sitting there plugging through 30 songs worth of ISRC codes…

    Nonetheless, I love Bandcamp.

  3. Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Nice one guys. One question, will free downloads count as “sales” ?

  4. Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    No, a track must sell for at least $0.50 USD, and an album for at least $5 USD, in order for SoundScan to count it.

  5. GATES
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bandcamp,
    I hope you are wildly successful and all your dreams come true cause any company that puts the legendary Casey cussin’ session at the bottom of a blog post is goddam fuckin ok in my book.

  6. Posted June 19, 2009 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    This is like goin` back to school,we love the things that happen @ Bandcamp.
    Sugar Bear Trio.

  7. Joe
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    Is this mandatory?

    We don’t have UPC codes for our albums yet, but we also sell them for $5 and less, so they wouldn’t be counted anyway.


  8. Posted June 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    No Joe, this is completely optional. You only need to add the codes if you want your sales (above the aforementioned minimums) reported to SoundScan.

  9. Posted June 21, 2009 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the new feature! Bandcamp gets better and better!!

  10. Jack
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    If an album is for sale for $5..but they download it for free with a download code..does it still count as a sale?

    Or do only direct direct purchases count as sales?

  11. Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    No, SoundScan only counts paid downloads.

  12. Posted August 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    If we want to add these codes later, can this be done also? Thanks.

  13. Posted August 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    You can add the codes whenever you like.

  14. Posted August 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    lol, lol!! that audio track about the dog snuggles is hilarious!! :-)

  15. Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Can you actually receive the Soundscan reports without paying their annual fee, though?

    I’ve still gotta give Nielsen $500 to actually see my reports, right?

  16. Posted August 24, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    If you mean can you see the sales that Bandcamp reports to SoundScan, then sure, just go to your stats page. All the sales are listed there. I didn’t know that SoundScan also offers a service to see your sales across all the stores reporting to them. Doesn’t surprise me that they charge for that though.

  17. Posted August 26, 2009 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    very nice updates !

    would be nice to att RRS feeds from my website somehow … so all updates there shows here too


  18. Posted August 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for those links it has been incredibly helpful in helping me understand more about this industry.

  19. Posted September 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m still new at this highfalutin online sales stuff. I have ISRC codes for my individual songs but I’m not aware of what the UPC/EAN code is for my whole recording. Can ya help a brother out?

  20. Posted September 9, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    If you don’t already have a UPC (from say, your manufacturer), CDBaby can help you out:

  21. Posted September 15, 2009 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    awesome!! uploaded my ISRC’s ^_^

  22. Posted September 15, 2009 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Love the audio clip… that was hilarious! This site rocks… we’ve been needing something like this for years, good job!

  23. Posted December 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    that is the funniest audio clip ever. RIP snuggles.

  24. Posted December 27, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    bandcamp rocks, snuggles pwns!

  25. Lisa Leake
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I am thrilled to have uploaded all tracks and CD in just about three hours today! I love this site!!!!

  26. Justin T.
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    If we start the pre-sale process now and have orders place before the upc code is added, do we still get soundscan credit for the albums purchased before the upc code is uploaded?

  27. Posted May 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Yes, but at most for one week’s worth of sales. To be (very) specific: if your codes are added by 00:00 Thursday UTC, your sales from the previous Monday through the following Monday will be reported to SoundScan. Earlier sales will not be reported.

  28. Posted May 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Let me just say that the audio track had me rolling on the floor.


  29. Posted July 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    So, is there any other benefit to UPC codes besides the billboard charts? As a underground punk band we really don’t have any desire for billboard charts. Beyond a complete lack of desire, it seems downright unmusical.
    I love bandcamp and appreciate the awesome update nontheless.

  30. Posted July 22, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Obviously if your album’s going into WalMart you’ll need a UPC for that, too. But yeah, no. We only use the UPC codes for chart reporting.

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