Amazon has today launched a new music service called AutoRip, which offers customers a free MP3 version of every album they’ve bought on CD from Amazon since 1998. The service currently boasts more than 50,000 digital albums from all the major record labels, and Amazon insists that new titles are added on a regular basis.
When customers purchase an AutoRip CD from Amazon, the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, where they are instantly available for listening free of charge — no downloading required. That means you can begin listening to your CD before the physical copy has even left Amazon’s warehouse.
The offer doesn’t just apply to new purchases, however. Anyone who’s purchased an AutoRip CD in the past 15 years can now access an MP3 copy via Cloud Player at no extra cost. Simply log in and your music will be waiting for you. And don’t worry about storage limits; AutoRip MP3s are stored in Cloud Player libraries free of charge, and they don’t count against your existing storage limits.
What’s more, Cloud Player is available on a whole host of devices, so you can access your albums on your Mac or PC, your Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Roku and Sonos devices, and even Samsung Smart TVs.
“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 today.
“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 is available from today on Amazon.com — just look for the AutoRip logo.