Amazon's "AutoRip" Service Gives Customers Free MP3s on New, Old CD Purchases
January 10, 2013 4:06 PM
comment(s) - last by
Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser
Since no one really uses physical CDs anymore, Amazon has introduced an "AutoRip" feature that gives customers free
of their old and new CDs bought from Amazon.
When a customer purchases a CD on Amazon, Amazon AutoRip gives them free mp3 versions of the CD and stores it in their Cloud Player libraries. The music can then be accessed from any Web browser, Kindle Fire, Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TV, Roku or Sonos.
But the new service doesn't just apply to new music releases. AutoRip applies to any CDs labeled with the AutoRip logo that customers have bought since the Amazon music store launched in 1998.
“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.”
Amazon is likely looking for a new competitive edge against other retailers. For instance, Target recently announced that
and certain other competitor's online prices year-round.
Offering mp3s that can accessed from Amazon's Cloud Player is a smart move for the e-tailer, since it now has a line of Kindle Fire tablets and is looking to
launch its first smartphone soon
. Any of its own mobile products can be tied to the CD/mp3 purchases on Amazon.
Check it out
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: What about gifts?
1/10/2013 9:16:52 PM
Appears to work that way. I have cds that I purchased as gifts for family members. Wonder what the legalities are around that since we both have a copy from one purchase.
RE: What about gifts?
1/10/2013 11:20:37 PM
Shhh.... its people like you that ruin it for everyone.
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
Report: Amazon Smartphone One Step Closer to Production
December 18, 2012, 1:10 PM
Amazon MP3 Plans International Rollout of DRM-Free Service
January 28, 2008, 2:26 PM
Thanks to Government Crackdown, Chinese "Porn Cop" Has Watched 600K Adult Videos
April 21, 2014, 12:00 PM
Record Labels Sue Pandora for Royalties on Songs Made Pre-1972
April 21, 2014, 9:13 AM
Google Knocked by Analysts, But Shows Strokes of Brilliance in Q1 2014
April 18, 2014, 2:33 PM
Google Street View and reCAPTCHA Get Smarter with New Algorithm
April 17, 2014, 9:02 AM
Mt. Gox CEO Refuses to Come to the U.S. in Financial Crimes Probe
April 16, 2014, 3:50 PM
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Home Reception Slower than Expected, Social Graph Will Pick Up
April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
Most Popular Articles
A Bug's Life: Female Cave Bugs Have Penises, Penetrate Males for Three Days
April 17, 2014, 7:20 PM
Quick Note: Toyota Attempts to Erase “Boring” Image with ’15 Camry SE Hybrid
April 16, 2014, 11:36 AM
HTC Hires Former Samsung Marketing Chief Who Developed "Galaxy" Brand
April 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
Project Moonshine: Google's Plan to Flatten Android App Icons Leaks
April 16, 2014, 1:46 PM
Microsoft Announces the First Steps in Its "Universal Apps" Program
April 15, 2014, 7:59 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information