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Amazon introduced today a new service that gives back to customers who have purchased physical CDs over the last 15 years. Yes, fifteen. It's called AutoRip, and it essentially offers free MP3s of CDs purchased since 1998. If you've been buying music from Amazon for a while, this is absolutely killer. It's worth noting that not all titles are eligible for AutoRip due to licensing restrictions, but Amazon is adding more AutoRip-eligible titles "all the time."

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Just like with other Amazon music purchases, the AutoRip tracks go straight to your Cloud Player library and don't count against Cloud Storage limits. This isn't just a retroactive change either – AutoRip tracks will be available for all future CDs purchased, as well. That part is cool, even though we're not sure how many people actually still buy physical CDs.

The service is free, available now, and happens automatically. Head over to your Amazon Cloud Player to see your updated collection now.

Introducing “Amazon AutoRip” – Customers Now Receive Free MP3 Versions of CDs Purchased From Amazon – Past, Present and Future

Customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs from Amazon dating back to 1998 will find free MP3 versions automatically added to their Cloud Player accounts – free of charge

AutoRip is the latest in a series of customer benefits exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem of digital content

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they purchase from Amazon. When customers purchase AutoRip CDs, the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download – no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. More than 50,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time – customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.

“What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs… and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Well, starting today, it's available to all of our customers – past, present, and future – at no cost. We love these opportunities to do something unexpected for our customers.”

AutoRip features include:

  • Free digital copies: Amazon customers who purchase AutoRip CDs get free MP3 versions of the albums delivered directly to their Cloud Player libraries – automatically, immediately, and at no cost – no more hassling with ripping CDs and finding a way to get them onto your favorite devices.
  • For CD purchases dating back to 1998: MP3 versions of AutoRip CDs that customers have purchased since the launch of Amazon’s music store in 1998 will also be delivered to their Cloud Player libraries for free.
  • Enjoy everywhere: Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser, giving customers the freedom to enjoy music from more devices than any other major cloud locker music service.
  • Free storage and backup: All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device.
  • High-quality audio: AutoRip music is provided in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio.

AutoRip is available for industry-wide top-sellers like “21” by Adele; new and recent releases like “¡Uno!”, “¡Dos!” and “¡Tre!” by Green Day, “Overexposed” by Maroon 5, and “The Truth About Love” by P!nk; classics like “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson; and Amazon customer favorites like “I Dreamed A Dream” by Susan Boyle, which was the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon.

In many cases, customers can buy an AutoRip CD, including the free digital copy, for less than they would pay for only the digital album at iTunes.

AutoRip is the latest in a series of new digital music features from Amazon launched in recent months. The Amazon MP3 Store recently expanded its catalog to offer more than 21 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at $5. In June, Amazon launched Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch. In July, Amazon added new scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching songs on their computers to Amazon’s music catalog. All matched songs – even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs – are upgraded to high-quality 256 Kbps audio and are made available instantly in customers’ Cloud Player libraries, making it even easier for customers to enjoy their entire music collection anywhere. More recently, Amazon made Cloud Player available on Samsung TVs, Roku and Sonos, further extending Cloud Player’s accessibility.

For more information about AutoRip visit www.amazon.com/AutoRip.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Nicholas Semrau

    And, once again, Amazon proves to be exremely awesome.

    • the_randomizer

      Unlike OTHER MP3 services that start with A and end in pple.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    US only :/

    • the_randomizer

      VPNs will be useful in this case

      • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

        I don't need any VPN. I have an amazon US account and I purchased some CDs as presents before. Now they show up in my Amazon cloud player - nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025940490 Vivian Lobo

    Unfortunately, it has not arrived to UK

  • Mike Harris

    I often find that the price of a physical CD is the same as an MP3 album, so if that's the case, I don't see why I would just get the digital version... especially when the digital version would be available immediately anyway. Getting the physical CD would be like a bonus.

  • Amazeddd

    Amazon is KILLING IT! Wow...

  • Andrew

    Ah, US only, that explains why - when I logged in expecting to see a boatload of new music - I got nothing. Any indication when it's likely (if ever) to reach the UK or elsewhere?

    • Michael Sheils

      ETA 2063 given Amazon's typical pace introducing things over here.

  • leoingle

    i really dont see the purpose of this. Is the 500+ free programs that you can do this with on the internet not good enough?

    • Freak4Dell

      The customer doesn't have to go through the hassle, and it also doesn't take up space on your Cloud drive. If you ripped your own CDs and then uploaded it, it would take up space.

      • leoingle

        well i dont use the cloud for crap. thats what memory on my phone is for. i'd rather go through the trouble to rip them myself and have them locally on my phone and not use data to stream my own music from the cloud when i can have it locally on my phone. thats just stupid.

        • Freak4Dell

          Well that's all well and good for you. Of course, you could always just download the MP3 files that Amazon gives you and put them on your phone instead of ripping them yourself, but you're probably too dumb to do that.

          • leoingle

            LMAO, yeah, i can rip CDs but cant figure out that complicated Amazon site. Thanks for taking me back to 5th grade with that weak insult. I love old memories.

      • UniBroW

        bought two Exodus albums yesterday, was nice to have them autodownloaded to my cloud drive. I don't know what it is, but I still like having physical albums though I nearly listen entirely to it in mp3 format

  • Jack Bauer

    Why only CD's. I think this is great, but why does it matter if I bought a CD, cassette tape, Vinyl Record, thumb drive, etc? Shouldn't downloads be available regardless of the physical medium purchased?

  • http://twitter.com/statikeffeck Michael B

    this is incredible and convenient! Man, Amazon is blowing away the competition. now if only they could invent Gapless playback for web streamed albums...

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.friddle Greg Friddle

    ONLY purchased from amazon" and not it's many many sellers (were most of my stuff has come from).

    it is still cheaper to buy used cd's and then rip.
    still another awesome service from amazon.

  • Phil

    This is awesome! They should do the same for books too. If so, I would still buy physical books and get the kindle version complimentary. That'd be cool! ;)

  • Matthew Fry

    Checked my cloud player, 1 track from 1 CD. WOO!

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    "we're not sure how many people actually still buy physical CDs"

    I do. I buy them for the audio quality. If you have quality audio equipment, there is a noticeable difference between MP3 audio and lossless audio.

    Call me when it autorips to FLAC or equivalent (with an option for streaming MP3 in low-bandwidth or data-limited scenarios).