Amazon is letting the music wars rip with two-for-the-price-of-one formats on music purchases. The company has launched AutoRip, a service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs.
Purchase an AutoRip CD and the digital version will be added immediately to your Cloud Player library. (The CD itself will show up in your mailbox a few days later.)
And if you’ve purchased AutoRip CDs any time since Amazon opened its Music Store in 1998, you’ll find the MP3 versions of those albums in your Cloud Player library as well – automatically and at no charge. (AutoRip MP3s do not count against Cloud Player storage limits.)
Amazon says, in many cases, customers can buy an AutoRip CD, including the free digital copy, for less than they would pay for just the digital album at iTunes.
“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, in a press release when the service was announced. “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.”
More than 50,000 albums are currently available for AutoRip, and more titles are being added. Music can be played from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser.
For more information about AutoRip visit www.amazon.com/AutoRip.