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Amazon AutoRip gives CD buyers access to free MP3s


By Dave Stevenson

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 at 15:07

Amazon has announced AutoRip, a service that will see any US customer who buys a music CD rewarded with instant access to the album for streaming and MP3 download.

The scheme is operated via Amazon’s Cloud Player service, allowing listeners to get their purchase onto a PC or mobile device without needing to rip the CD first.

AutoRip doesn’t only apply to new purchases, either: Amazon says any CD bought since 1998 could be eligible for download, although not every CD the retailer sells is covered by the AutoRip service.

The new service marks an upping of the ante in the online music market: existing services offer either a physical product or a downloadable or streaming one. Amazon is the first to offer combined access to both a CD and a digital version simultaneously.

There are a few small caveats: only CDs sold directly from Amazon - as opposed to those sold by third-party marketplace sellers - are covered by AutoRip. Also, the generous-spirited aren’t about to be rewarded with free downloads of albums they bought for other people: if a CD was included in an order marked as a "gift" no download will be available to either the purchaser or the eventual recipient.

PC Pro is awaiting a response from Amazon regarding the availability of AutoRip in the UK.

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User comments

Gifted CDs

This leads to an interesting situation regarding what happens when the CD I bought (in the last 15 years) was a present for someone else. Amazon will apparently give me an MP3 version of a CD I have previously given away.

By halsteadk on 11 Jan 2013

@halsteadk - Not if you selected "this item is a gift" at the checkout, but otherwise, yep. I guess you would be duty bound to then transfer the MP3s to the same recipient or risk being extradited to the US by the RIAA.

By The_Scrote on 11 Jan 2013

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