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BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT


The folks at Amazon added a little thunder and lightening to its cloud player by introducing AutoRip, a service that gives Amazon customers digital versions of CDs they’ve purchased.

“A CD doesn’t fit in here, or here, or here, but you want to listen to your music everywhere you are. Solution: AutoRip.”

The video goes on to explain when a customer buys a CD, a digital version appears instantly in the Amazon cloud music player for free.

This digital addendum isn’t the only delivery to Amazon music customers: digital tracks from Amazon CD purchases dating back to 1998 will also appear in the cloud player automatically.

TechCrunch explains how Amazon made this possible, saying, “ the company now has deals in place with the three major labels as well as hundreds of independent labels. On the publisher side, Amazon has participation from all the major music publishers and ‘hundreds, if not thousands,’ of smaller publishers...”

The new service ups the ante in the digital music market. A writer for PC World says Amazon may have one-upped other music providers like Apple and Google.

After a quick survey, the writer said  “In every case, an AutoRip CD was available for a few dollars less or the equivalent price of the iTunes downloads.”

A writer for Beta News gushes about the service, saying Amazon’s new model of digital and physical bundled purchases could keep customers from buying the same content over and over in different formats.

However, not every CD was available for AutoRip, like the soundtrack to the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Besides competing with other digital music players, sources report Amazon is hoping to buy physical CD sales with the release of the music-bundling AutoRip service.

A writer for Ars Technica said, The move undoubtedly allows Amazon and the record industry to double dip when it comes to sales and download numbers, but it's hard to deny the convenience to customers as well.”

So far, the AutoRip service is offered for more than 50,000 albums on Amazon.com.
 

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Jan 10, 2013

Amazon AutoRip Service Offer Free MP3s With CD Purchases

(Image Source: Amazon)

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT


The folks at Amazon added a little thunder and lightening to its cloud player by introducing AutoRip, a service that gives Amazon customers digital versions of CDs they’ve purchased.

“A CD doesn’t fit in here, or here, or here, but you want to listen to your music everywhere you are. Solution: AutoRip.”

The video goes on to explain when a customer buys a CD, a digital version appears instantly in the Amazon cloud music player for free.

This digital addendum isn’t the only delivery to Amazon music customers: digital tracks from Amazon CD purchases dating back to 1998 will also appear in the cloud player automatically.

TechCrunch explains how Amazon made this possible, saying, “ the company now has deals in place with the three major labels as well as hundreds of independent labels. On the publisher side, Amazon has participation from all the major music publishers and ‘hundreds, if not thousands,’ of smaller publishers...”

The new service ups the ante in the digital music market. A writer for PC World says Amazon may have one-upped other music providers like Apple and Google.

After a quick survey, the writer said  “In every case, an AutoRip CD was available for a few dollars less or the equivalent price of the iTunes downloads.”

A writer for Beta News gushes about the service, saying Amazon’s new model of digital and physical bundled purchases could keep customers from buying the same content over and over in different formats.

However, not every CD was available for AutoRip, like the soundtrack to the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Besides competing with other digital music players, sources report Amazon is hoping to buy physical CD sales with the release of the music-bundling AutoRip service.

A writer for Ars Technica said, The move undoubtedly allows Amazon and the record industry to double dip when it comes to sales and download numbers, but it's hard to deny the convenience to customers as well.”

So far, the AutoRip service is offered for more than 50,000 albums on Amazon.com.
 

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