What are you selling, where and how?
Physical product (CDs, vinyl etc.) in
shops then you will need one, although TBH I'm struggling to see the value in old-style
physical distribution deals with the current state of record shops.
through an aggregator - it will depend on who you go with and whether you already have one
for a physical version (see above) but most likely you will need to buy one as part of the
If you run your own label and are registered with PPL you
will need a barcode number before you can register any releases.
BTW if you
have a UPC12 code from your US-based aggregator you can turn it into an EAN13 by simply
adding a "0" to the front.