Amazon Introduces “Amazon AutoRip”, Giving Customers Free MP3 Versions of Purchased CDs

Amazon AutoRip

If you buy a CD on Amazon but also want to play it on your iPod (which describes my kids), you insert the disc and rip the music to iTunes. That gives you the best of all worlds – and if you use iTunes Match you can then download the tracks on any of your iOS devices. But with fewer and fewer computers (dominated by the move to Ultrabooks and the Macbook Air) coming equipped with a CD drive, customers are increasingly making the move to an all-digital library … so if they use an iPod or other iOS device that usually means buying through iTunes.

I have professed my love for Amazon’s MP3 store due to the great selection, ease of downloading and direct import to iTunes – oh, and the fact that they are almost always at least 10% cheaper than iTunes! Now Amazon is trying a new way to get customers who still love CDs to keep buying – “Amazon AutoRip”, which will include free digital copies, be for CD purchases dating back to 1998, be enjoyable from anywhere, offers free storage and backup and is stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device.

Amazon AutoRip Replace

It is worth noting that not ALL CDs are eligible. So for example the image above shows what I saw when I logged into Cloud Player – 82 new songs across a bunch of genres. One CD – Jesus Piece by The Game – only had a single song eligible, and the other new one my son got by T.I. had only three songs … and the two albums had more than 30 songs combined! Stuff such as Enter the Wu Tang, Peter Gabriel’s So, Miles Davis Bitches Brew Legacy Edition, Daft Punk’s Human After All and so on.

So it is rather hit or miss right now, but I see it as a great new feature! What do you think?

Head to Amazon AutoRip for more details and a list of all eligible CDs!

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

3 Comments on "Amazon Introduces “Amazon AutoRip”, Giving Customers Free MP3 Versions of Purchased CDs"

  1. I am mixed on this. Except for gifts, I have not purchased a CD in ages. I usually prefer AmazonMP3 but I can see my Dad liking this.

  2. Wow! I think this is amazing, you can have your CD and eat it too! If I bought CDs anymore, this is where I would go; as a matter of fact, whenever I would want to buy music, I would seriously consider this, so I would get the CD, and the on-line storage (I’m not too big on having them supply me the MP3s, but I’ll take those as part of the deal, too.

  3. The reason I mention my kids is that my older son in particular loves having CDs, so when he is studying he can have music without the constant distraction of his iPhone

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