Nigeria Gets an ISRC Manager

Lagos, Nigeria
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Lagos, Nigeria. 

The move is an important step in the country, and the continent, joining the digital revolution.

African music streaming service Spinlet has been tapped as the first ever International Standard Recording Code manager in Nigeria by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. What does that mean? The status gives Spinlet the power to assign the unique, globally standardized ISRC on behalf of its own artists as well as others in Nigeria.

ISRC codes are a 12-digit identification number that's unique to each recording and commonly used in rights administration. It is required by most digital distribution companies and download sites to sell content online.

"International Standard Recording Code is hugely beneficial in music identification, particularly in digital," said Nkiru Balonwu, CEO of Spinlet. "We have for some time now been looking at ways of adding value to the local music industry - and growing its capacity in terms of reach and standards. One of the ways we have previously done this is through seminars and workshops, which we will continue to hold, but today I am particularly proud to announce that Spinlet has been appointed as Nigeria's first ever ISRC Manager, and look forward to helping to implement this valuable system."

Spinlet launched in 2012 and features both freemium and premium subscriptions. Balonwu announced this week that the service's mobile app has been downloaded roughly 2 million times so far.