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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 mp3 versions 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, 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 match Amazon 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 here.

Source: Amazon

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MP3s are terrible quality
By Azsen on 1/11/2013 3:55:03 AM , Rating: 1
Mostly the reason people (including me) buy CDs these days is for the better quality. I can autorip CDs myself to FLAC in 20-30mins with a profile I set up in EAC. There's absolutely no way I'd want their inferior quality MP3s. I like quality and I have nice headphones to make use of it.

I wish iTunes and Amazon etc would offer downloads in HD quality e.g. FLAC 24bit 96kHz made from the studio masters. Then you'd actually have a useful service.

Sure regular Joe Bloggs with their $5 Apple iPod headphones only needs MP3, but where's the service for the rest of us who actually appreciate quality music? Also while you're at it Amazon, why is your service only available in the US and UK? iTunes is the only viable option for other countries.

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By maugrimtr on 1/11/2013 10:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
Also while you're at it Amazon, why is your service only available in the US and UK? iTunes is the only viable option for other countries.

I never understood this. Everyone outside of the US and UK avoid Amazon. It's almost as if Amazon wants Apple to profit from the other 6-7 billion people on the planet. Even nations like Ireland are excluded from their market (Northern Ireland in the UK but the southerners are screwed).

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By Scrith on 1/11/2013 1:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, and this is why I still buy everything on CD (and a few 24/96 downloads), but this is still pretty cool...I set it up at work and now have access to 750+ CDs I've purchased through Amazon over the years without doing anything. And it works on my Android phone as well! :-)

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By chick0n on 1/13/2013 3:37:39 AM , Rating: 2
u gotta understand most users are idiots, and its much easier to milk them than to educate them. its the same customer base that love.

the only thing they know about music is "oh yea, mp3", tell them flac is cd quality they will be like "whats that? nah, i like mp3, its easy and i heardddd its same as cd so why bother? "

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By chick0n on 1/13/2013 5:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
*the same customer base that Apple loves.

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By piroroadkill on 1/14/2013 8:30:36 AM , Rating: 2
You deride people as idiots, yet your post is full of errors; to the point where even if English was your second language, it would be awful.

RE: MP3s are terrible quality
By piroroadkill on 1/14/2013 8:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
I hear this crap a lot, bit I've seen no double blind tests done where someone could actually tell the difference between even lame v0 and the source CD.

I encode my rips in flac too, and keep lossless tracks on bluray/hd-dvd - but for completeness. I don't seriously believe I can notice the difference between, say, a 1.5Mbps DTS stream and the same with the lossless extension.

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